Can you contribute to enhancing the understanding of how coaches develop expertise?

Elizabeth Crosse is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and holds three Masters degrees including an MA in Coaching and Mentoring. She draws on a rich repertoire of practice based and academic knowledge to support coaches on their journey of self-discovery and professional development. 

Background to the study

‘How do you become a better coach?’ This question, so often asked by coaches, is the inspiration for my doctorate, which has been approved by Oxford Brookes University. The purpose of the research is to improve our understanding of how executive coaches acquire expertise by exploring what they consider when identifying development needs.

Written by Elizabeth Crosse

The study aims to contribute to the debates on how coach development is addressed and to create an instrument that will enable more informed decisions about planning personal and professional development. See my last blog post for some more background.


Are you interested in contributing?

I am looking for forty to fifty UK-based coaches who work with senior managers and leaders with a range of experience, from those who have just started to those who have long established practices. Your direct contribution will help discover if there are any shared perceptions on what executive coaches consider when identifying their development needs. You will also be supporting an initiative that seeks to enhance our understanding of how coaches develop expertise.


What is involved?

You will be invited to complete an online survey. This will involve ranking 56 statements relating to coach development in an order that reflects how important they are when you consider how to develop yourself as a coach.


What should I do if I am interested?

If you would like to take part in this research, you will need to open the link below in the Chrome browser. Please click on the link or paste the link in your Chrome browser to commence:

It will take you to the online survey which will take about 40 minutes to complete. If you have any problems with accessing the survey or would like more information about the research before taking part, please email me at

Please note, the closing date for the survey is 24 September 2021.

Many thanks,

Elizabeth Crosse MCC

M.Ed., MSc., M.A.

Categories: Coaching

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