Executive Coaching Philosophy and Principles

Executive coaching should always be designed in a way that benefits both the leader and the institution. Therefore, Academic Search believes executive coaching should be approached from a systems perspective and in the context in which the leader is leading.

We believe that leadership is learned through ongoing practice, reflection, action and assessment. Thus, leadership always occurs in a particular context, leads to action, and has an impact to be evaluated.

Leading colleges and universities today is both noble and daunting work. We created our Executive Coaching Practice based on this philosophy so that presidents and senior leaders have professional and qualified leadership companions and guides on the leadership journey. We are committed to the effectiveness, sustainability and well-being of new and incumbent presidents and senior leaders. We believe that both the interiority of leaders and the exterior demands of institutional leadership are complementary. The Academic Search Executive Coaching Practice is guided by the following principles:

7 Core Principles of Academic Search Executive Coaching:

  1. Effective leaders are conscious and self-aware.
  2. A leader’s habits of thoughts are linked to their patterns of action – leadership is not a style, but a way of being, thinking and acting.
  3. Leadership growth is best through a Strengths-based/Appreciative approach.
  4. Leadership growth is ongoing.
  5. Leadership can be learned, cultivated, and optimized.
  6. Leadership is relational, contextual, adaptive and systemic.
  7. Leadership growth takes time, intention and investment.