Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

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Thesis or dissertation

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Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics, College of Liberal and Professional Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania

Advisor: Linda Pennington


The purpose of this capstone is to explore four qualities considered essential to professional coaching: authenticity, coaching presence, empathy, and openness. Through research in psychology and coaching literature, as well as interviews with experienced coach practitioners, this study first deconstructs each quality, and then creates a reconceptualization of each to enhance their use and understanding by novice and experienced professionals alike. As practitioners who are focused on human development, professional coaches are committed to developing ongoing mastery. One way to cultivate coaching competence is through Mindfulness Meditation. The attitudinal foundations of Mindfulness Meditation are highly relevant to coaching. Mindfulness Meditation, in particular, facilitates integration of several coaching qualities, and ultimately leads us to maximum resourcefulness and creativity for our clients.





Date Posted: 10 January 2018