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Leadership coaching and the rescuer syndrome: how to manage both sides of the couch

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In this article I explore the problem of excessive helping behaviour - the Rescuer Syndrome - with particular reference to executive coaching. I also discuss co-dependency between coach and client and question whether these ‘rescuers’, in their need to help, really help their clients. Do the rescuers themselves need to be rescued? I examine the origins of compulsive helping behaviour, including rescuers’ early family dynamics. The indicators of this dysfunctional behaviour pattern are explored, including strategies for dealing with the Rescuer Syndrome. I end with a description of the constructive rescuer, explaining how a better understanding of this specific behaviour pattern can contribute to greater awareness of the intensity of the rescuer within. The expectation is that this kind of knowledge will increase coaching effectiveness.

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http://flora.insead.edu/fichiersti_wp/inseadwp2010/2010-104.pdf

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