Identify the specific challenges an Executive Coach faces when coaching through times of rapid change or uncertainty.

Coaching Through Change and Uncertainty
Change is ongoing and, in some cases, rapid and unpredictable. Leaders must have the skills necessary to work through rapid and unanticipated changes (i.e. budgetary cuts, changes in staff, changes in organizational protocol, ownership changes, etc.). As one might expect, working under these conditions can be difficult. Research has shown that leadership challenges are significantly different when emotions are running high and people are stressed. Thus, Executive Coaches must learn how to lead and effectively coach leaders in times of organizational change and uncertainty.

Write a 5-6 page paper (excluding title and reference pages), addressing all of the following:

Identify the specific challenges an Executive Coach faces when coaching through times of rapid change or uncertainty.
Describe the leadership qualities that are most important for Executive Coaches to display when working with leaders during times of rapid change or mounting uncertainty.
Discuss how the various roles that an Executive Coach takes on in the context of change or uncertainty might be contradictory.
Categorize the skills or practices that might need to be minimized by an Executive Coach when coaching a leader through change or uncertainty.
Use a minimum of three sources in addition to required course readings.

Grading Criteria
Content CriteriaTotal: 5

Paper uses a minimum of three sources, in addition to the course text.

Paper addresses each point in the bulleted section above, drawing on specific information from the learning material.

Paper adequately addresses the key concepts (i.e. specific challenges to coaching during change, seven important elements to coach for during change, leadership qualities needed for coaches, etc.), related to the assignment.

No more than 10% of the paper should be direct quotes.

Writing and Organization CriteriaTotal: 1

The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.

The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.

The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.

The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.

Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.

Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.

Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.

Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.

Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.

The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.

Spelling is correct.

Research Criteria Total: 1

The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.

Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include and

Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).

Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.

When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.

Style Criteria Total: 1

The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).

The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment

The paper includes an APA style cover page.

The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).

The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.

The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.

The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.

Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.

The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).