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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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COACHING FOR LEADERSHIP ASSIMILATION

In the 1990s, as organizations adopted less hierarchical methods and responded to global and economic forces with flatter structures, downsizing, and mergers and acquisitions, assimilation coaching became a distinct specialty. Leadership assimilation, sometimes referred to as onboarding or transition, is designed to achieve two major objectives: shortening the productivity curve of the new leader and increasing engagement and reducing turnover in the organization (Conger & Fishel, 2007). Coaching aims to minimize risk and expense for organizations by assisting leaders in understanding their new roles and objectives, setting up operations, defining their leadership vision, and developing a new network of colleagues ...

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