A phenomenological study of business leaders' self -actualization experience in business since participating in Meta -Coach training

by DesJardins, Charles, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 152 pages; 3344518


There are numerous performance interventions that the performance consultant can use to improve the performance of an organization. After a thorough needs assessment is completed, the performance consultant decides on the specific intervention or interventions. One type of performance intervention may include the affectivity of business leaders. The literature suggests that the level of a business leader’s self-actualization can have a correlative affect on their business performance. The literature suggests that when a business leader has physically and cognitively met the lower deficiency needs they will experience the growth needs of self-actualization. The business leader, who leads from this self-actualized base, has a positive effect on the organization. Meta-Coach training purports to improve the self-actualization of its trainees. There was an interview using a phenomenological approach of eight employed and self-employed Meta-Coach trainees, now certified as Meta-Coaches. The interview questions centered about the lived experience of these business leaders experience of self-actualization and experience of improved business performance. The research found that there were seven themes and eight interesting findings from this information. Of these themes, four of them were language similar to the language found in the self-actualization literature. The self-actualization literature had attributes of linguistic markers that are common among those who measure as self-actualizing. The Meta-Coach trainees, who are also business leaders, spoke and believed that they were self-actualizing and that this self-actualizing and the training had a positive effect on their business performance. These findings may offer a possible performance intervention for the performance consultant.

AdviserMichael McGivern
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number3344518

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