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Agnieszka Zawadzka

Can group coaching can enhance the level of PsyCap

Theme: Approach/School/Theory
Area: Coaching
Type: Research (with examples of how it could be applied in practice)

Session on Thursday, Jun 15th, 13:50
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The aim of the presentation is to show the experimental research projected to verify if the positive psychological capital can be enhanced by group coaching and if the effects of the intervention are likely to persist over longer periods of time. The experiment includes experimental and control group (60 participants in each group). Participants from the experimental group will participate in group coaching. Participants from the control group will undergo a different intervention (training) which will take the same amount of time. PsyCap will be measured three times: before the intervention, immediately after the intervention and six weeks after the intervention. The last measurement will show if the intervention effects persist over time.

This research is the first of its kind. A review of the literature indicates that there have been no studies aimed at verifying whether group coaching can enhance the level of PsyCap. No cohesive data regarding the stability of PsyCap enhancement have been found either. The research allows to verify the effectiveness of group coaching as a method of increasing the Positive Psychological Capital (PsyCap; Luthans, Youssef et al., 2007), which is significantly correlated with a number of variables beneficial and desirable in organizations.


Agnieszka Zawadzka conducts trainings on the development of managerial and leadership competence, social competence, personal development, emotional intelligence, increasing well-being. Co-author of the PERMA model of coaching, which is used to attain well-being through using values in action (VIA). As a trainer and coach she specializes in the creation of development programs based on positive psychology and research results (Positive Psychology Coaching – PCC; Evidence Based Coaching – EBC). She is a lecturer at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland; a member of the Scientific and Research Team in Centre for Coaching and Mentoring at Kozminski University in Poland; co-ordinator of seminars dedicated for coaching practitioners ‘How to use positive psychology coaching’; member of the Polish Association of Positive Psychology; member of EMCC; speaker and expert on many Polish and international scientific conferences; and the author of scientific articles in the field of positive psychology and management. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, which deals with the study of Positive Psychological Capital (PsyCap) among employees of the organisation and its relationship with the efficiency of attaining of work goals and well-being.