A strengths-based approach towards coaching in a multicultural environment

Llewellyn Ellardus van Zyl*, Marius Wilhelm Stander

*Corresponding author for this work

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The purpose of this chapter was to develop a strengths-based coaching model conducive to a multicultural environment. The model integrates a psycho-existential, positive psychology and person-centered approach (PCA) to provide an ecosystemic view of human nature. The approach focuses on enhancing, predicting and utilising individual strengths and on its various underlying constructs (e.g. happiness, resilience and meaning in work) in order to enhance individual performance and facilitate well-being. A meta-theoretical literature review was used in order to develop a ten-phase strengths-based model for workplace and executive coaching. This chapter focuses on the coaching process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Handbook of the Person-Centered Approach
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Theory
EditorsJeffrey H.D. Cornelius-White, Renate Motschnig-Pitrik, Michael Lux
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781461471417
ISBN (Print)9781461471400
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Strengths-based coaching
  • Person-centered coaching
  • Executive coaching
  • Positive psychology
  • Person-centered approach
  • Multicultural environment

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