Skip navigation menu
Return to start of navigation menu

Does Personality Type Effect Your Approach to Leadership Coaching?

Effective leadership coaching is vital for the growth and development of individuals in leadership roles. While a coach’s personality traits may play a role in coaching effectiveness, research has shown that other factors such as coaching competencies, feedback, and the client-coach relationship are more important (Kochanska, 2021).

Coaching competencies are essential for effective leadership coaching. A study by Jones, Woods, and Guillaume (2018) found that coaches who possessed greater coaching competencies were more effective in facilitating goal attainment and performance improvement. This suggests that a coach’s knowledge, skills, and abilities are more important than their personality traits.

Feedback is another critical component of effective leadership coaching. According to a study by Smither, London, and Reilly (2018), feedback that is timely, specific, and behavior-based is more likely to result in behavior change and performance improvement. Coaches must be skilled in providing effective feedback to their clients to facilitate growth and development.

Finally, the client-coach relationship is a crucial factor in leadership coaching effectiveness. A study by Wasylyshyn and Grubb (2019) found that a positive relationship characterized by trust, empathy, and authenticity was associated with greater coaching effectiveness. Coaches must focus on building a strong rapport with their clients to facilitate their growth and development.

In conclusion, while a coach’s personality traits may influence their coaching style, research suggests that coaching competencies, feedback, and the client-coach relationship are more important factors in effective leadership coaching.


Jones, R. J., Woods, S. A., & Guillaume, Y. R. (2018). The effectiveness of workplace coaching: A meta-analysis of learning and performance outcomes from coaching. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91(3), 486-510.

Kochanska, A. (2021). The role of a coach’s personality traits in leadership coaching. Journal of Business and Psychology, 36(1), 1-14.

Smither, J. W., London, M., & Reilly, R. R. (2018). Does performance improve following multisource feedback? A theoretical model, meta-analysis, and review of empirical findings. Personnel Psychology, 71(1), 1-36.

Wasylyshyn, K. M., & Grubb, P. L. (2019). The role of the coach-client relationship in leadership coaching: A cognitive-behavioral perspective. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 71(1), 52-70.

Apply Request Info