A Strengths-Based Approach Towards Coaching in a Multicultural Environment

  • Llewellyn Ellardus Van ZylEmail author
  • Marius Wilhelm Stander


The purpose of this chapter was to develop a strengths-based coaching model conducive to a multicultural environment. The model integrates a psycho-existential, positive psychology and person-centered approach (PCA) to provide an ecosystemic view of human nature. The approach focuses on enhancing, predicting and utilising individual strengths and on its various underlying constructs (e.g. happiness, resilience and meaning in work) in order to enhance individual performance and facilitate well-being. A meta-theoretical literature review was used in order to develop a ten-phase strengths-based model for workplace and executive coaching. This chapter focuses on the coaching process.


Strengths-based coaching Person-centered coaching Executive coaching Positive psychology Person-centered approach Multicultural environment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marius Wilhelm Stander
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Organisational PsychologyUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Industrial Psychology, School for Behavioural ScienceNorth-West UniversityVanderbijlparkSouth Africa

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