executive coaching theory
barbara braham



What theories inform your practice?


Coaching is a young field with an evolving theoretical base. Typically, coaches rely upon their legacy field when they coach. While this has advantages, there are also liabilities to this approach, the biggest being blind spots. For example, a psychologist coach may have a blind spot around organizational issues. An organizational development coach may have blind spots around adult development issues.


My practice is grounded on an interdisciplinary approach. I rely upon theories from the fields of psychology, organizational development, adult development, leadership and philosophy. The specific theories I use from these fields all emphasize capacity building and strengths, rather than deficits and weaknesses.