Coaching to support work-life balance of women in leadership positions

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title Coaching to support work-life balance of women in leadership positions
Creator Dzingwa, Nokuthula Terblanche, Nicky
Subject coaching; leadership; gender studies; well-being coaching; leadership coaching; women leaders; work-life balance; working women.
Description Orientation: Women leaders face significant challenges because of the multifaceted nature of their lives. They need support to maintain a healthy work-life balance.Research purpose: This study aimed to explore the role of leadership coaching to support women in leadership positions with work-life balance.Motivation for the study: Leadership coaching is an effective and powerful individual support and development intervention; however, the link between coaching and work-life balance for woman leaders has not been studied sufficiently.Research approach/design and method: Data were collected via in-depth interviews from (n = 10) women in leadership positions who experienced at least six leadership coaching sessions in the last 18 months. An interpretative phenomenological paradigm was utilised and thematic analysis was used to analyse collected data.Main findings: Coaching supported women leaders on four fronts: increased self-awareness, designing work-life balance strategies, coping with gender-specific challenges and highlights the importance of organisational commitment to the coaching and support processes.Practical/managerial implications: Coaches should ensure that coaching programmes integrate strategies and techniques to help women leaders manage emotional, labour and domestic responsibilities. Organisations should take steps to create an inclusive workplace that actively promotes the professional development and well-being of women leaders by recognising and addressing their challenges and providing support through coaching.Contribution/value-add: This study provides empirical evidence that leadership coaching is a viable strategy to support women leaders with work-life balance.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2024-04-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v22i0.2509
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 22 (2024); 12 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
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