As the year 2022 comes to a close, we find ourselves asking, “what learning opportunities can we take hold of from this past year that might serve us in the future?” Many ideas come to mind including the many podcasts that have become available this year that promote the exploration of executive coaching. As we pondered which podcasts might be the most useful to executive coaches, leadership coaches, organizational development coaches, business leaders, business owners, CEOs, and key-level executives, we dug into what data, Google Analytics, ListenNotes, Apple Podcasts, RSS feed monitors, podcast backlinks, citation indexes, and other sources tell us about this year’s top podcasts. This article unveils our research and the 35 best well-known, new, and niche executive coaching podcasts of 2022.
“It’s important to learn from your mistakes, but it is better to learn from other people’s mistakes, and it is best to learn from other people’s successes. It accelerates your own success.” - Jim Rohn
A keyword search conducted on Google on November 26, 2022, for the words ‘executive coach podcast’ yielded 11,800,000 results. DemandSage.com reports that ‘The United States has the most podcast listeners.’ They predict that in 2022, there will be over 100 million active podcast listeners in the US. After the US, Scandinavian countries have the highest podcast penetration rate of podcast listeners. As of today, ListenNotes reports that there are currently 2,981,949 active podcasts and 66 million episodes globally. From this list, we have analyzed these podcasts, their themes, content, and missions. We have looked at their popularity, Google organic search Rankings, ListenNote Rankings, and other forms of podcast informatics to determine what we believe are the 35 best executive coaching podcasts of 2022, including a few honorable mentions.
"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." - Henry Ford
How the list was curated
The methodology used to create the Arete Coach 35 Best Executive Coaching Industry Podcasts of 2022 ranking is as follows.
First, we focused on podcasts whose purpose is to advance the art and/or science of executive coaching using content that is congruent with the generally accepted practices and definitions of coaching promulgated by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), EMCC Global, International Coaching Association (ICA), and Association for Coaching. In preparing the list, we intentionally leaned towards the inclusion of executive coaching material that is consistent with current evidence-based coaching research. The goal here was to underscore the humorous and sage words of the late Professor Anthony (“Tony”) Grant, where he stated that our aim should be ‘taking out the sham, and putting in the wham’ through the curation of evidence-based coaching research and practices.
Second, we gave highest priority to podcasts under Google’s organic search results of the phrase: “Executive Coach Podcast'' in which we included the top 10 Google organic search page results and the top 10 Google organic display rank for podcast series. Any podcasts that did not have at least a 25 minimum listener audience score on ListenNotes was excluded. Organic Google Search results were important in our research as they indicate how relevant a podcast is to specific 'executive coaching' search terms. According to MorningScore.io, "Google ranks web pages and podcasts through the use of web crawlers that scan and index podcast pages. Every page gets rated according to Google's opinion of its authority and usefulness to the end-user. Then, using an algorithm with over 210 known factors, Google orders them on a search result page." Using this Google organic search method, we determined the top 12 executive coach podcasts and similarly ranked them from 1 to 12. Between the two Google organic search page ranks and display series, there were two ties at 3rd and 7th position. In these instances, we judged the Google organic display rank for series (highlighting trending recency and frequency) above the Google Organic page ranking. Other than this variation, there was no variation in the top ranks from the Google organic search page ranks. From the consolidated top 10 lists, there were a total of 12 podcasts that made our top podcasts list.
Third, we examined a variety of additional podcasts germane to executive coaching where we deemed the content appropriate for executive coaches, leadership coaches, organizational development coaches, business leaders, business owners, CEOs, and key-level executives. From these executive coaching related podcasts, we included all podcasts with a ListenNotes Listen Score of 50 or higher, meaning they are highly popular among large audiences. A Listen Score is a metric created by ListenNotes "that shows the estimated popularity” of a podcast as “compared to other RSS-based public podcasts in the world on a scale from 0 to 100.”
Fourth, we added into our consideration additional podcasts related to executive coaching where the podcasts were listed as being in the top 200 podcasts on Apple Podcasts in the categories of “management” and/or “business.”
Fifth, we collected and ranked a secondary group of executive coaching podcasts starting from position 13 onwards, wherein we ranked these podcasts first by their ListenNotes listener audience score, and where there were ties, we secondarily ranked the podcasts by the number of identified podcast backlinks to other sites (being a practice that Google and research scholars use to determine relevance and importance of a document). From this secondary group, we prioritized the podcasts from rank 13 to 35.
Lastly, we included several honorable mentions where the podcasts were either new or niche that we believe would be of value to our executive coach podcast listeners.
"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t." - Bill Nye
Observations from our 35 Best Executive Coaching Industry Podcasts of 2022 list are below:
In the list of 35, the top 10 podcasts closely map to the top 10 Google organic search page results for “executive coach podcast”— taking 10 of the top 12 spots.
Google organic search display links shown by podcast icons or cover pages showcase currently trending podcast series (and appear to favor podcast episode recency and frequency). On review, only four of the top 10 Google organic search display results for a ‘executive coach podcast’ series had ListenNote scores of 25 or greater and made the cut; representing ranks 1, 2, 3, and 7.
Interestingly, when examining the top 10 podcasts shown on Google organic search results by page and display series, only the first two podcasts appeared on both ranks, and they each maintain the number 1 and 2 spots on our final list.
The top 10 podcasts average 190 podcast episodes each with an average ListenNotes audience score of 44.6.
The top 35 podcasts average 201 podcast episodes each.
The majority of executive coaching podcasts that made our list have weekly episodes. One of the podcasts that made our list has daily episodes and five publish podcasts only periodically.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller
35 Best Executive Coaching Industry Podcasts of 2022
Table of contents
This podcast started with deep roots in coaching psychology. From the Division of Coaching Psychology (part of the British Psychological Society), the Coaching Psychology Pod seeks to help listeners “take a thoughtful and considered approach to [their] coaching practice.” This podcast is hosted by Dr. Natalie Lancer, a chartered psychologist and Secretary of the Division of Coaching Psychology. In each episode Dr. Lancer interviews leading experts about “specialized coaching topics that will directly impact [the listeners’] work as a coach.” The Coaching Psychology Pod has covered topics such as coaching psychology, creativity, change, performance, culture, coaching automation, and others.
Podcast Snapshot: The Coaching Psychology Pod
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 35
ListenNotes Score: Not ranked
Podcast Episodes to date: 10
Coaches on Zoom Drinking Coffee, a podcast from Coaching.com, is hosted by Alex Pascal, Ph.D. In each episode, Alex interviews “some of the world’s greatest minds in coaching, leadership, and more” diving “deep into coaching concepts.” Episodes of Coaches on Zoom Drinking Coffee cover topics such as well-being, resilience, insights on the coaching industry, success, and other coaching topics. Early guests on the podcast have included: Marshall Goldsmith, Liane Davey, and Des Dearlove (co-founder of Thinkers 50). This is a new podcast on coaching and we fully expect it to race up the charts in ranking during the coming year.
Podcast Snapshot: Coaches on Zoom Drinking Coffee
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 34
ListenNotes Score: 26
Podcast Episodes to date: 21
The Coaching and Mentoring Podcast from the UK provides extensive support for coaches. Host Dave Tee is joined by an array of guests who are leaders in the field of coaching. Episodes cover the difference between listening to respond and listening to ignite, presence, mental well-being, transpersonal coaching, and values-based coaching. This podcast is produced by The Wales Coaching Centre, a center of excellence for coaching at the University of South Wales which supports the development and growth of coaches through training, qualifications, and our community of practice.
Podcast Snapshot: The Coaching and Mentoring Podcast
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 33
ListenNotes Score: 27
Podcast Episodes to date: 12
The Coaching and Positive Psychology podcast is hosted by bestselling author and founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, Valorie Burton. In each episode, Valorie gives listeners “practical inspiration” and tips through “engaging conversations that show [listeners] how to build a life [they] love and help others do the same through the power of coaching and positive psychology.” Topics covered in the Coaching and Positive Psychology podcast include courage, planning, goal setting, neuroscience, and others.
Podcast Snapshot: Coaching and Positive Psychology
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 32
ListenNotes Score: 33
Podcast Episodes to date: 19
#31: The EOS Leader
The EOS Leader podcast, part of the EOS Worldwide thought community, is hosted by Mike Paton and seeks to help listeners “keep moving forward” through their obstacles “rather than panicking or becoming paralyzed.” Mike Paton interviews entrepreneurs from around the world on their journeys, successes, and failures to give listeners insight and practical advice for moving forward toward success. The EOS Leader podcast covers topics such as growth, leadership, entrepreneurship, empathy, adversity, and other leadership topics. We highly recommend the EOS business operating system and this podcast by Mike Paton.
Podcast Snapshot: The EOS Leader
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 31
ListenNotes Score: 37
Podcast Episodes to date: 45
Podcast: The EOS Leader on Apple Podcast
Hosted by Sabrina Braham, the Women’s Leadership podcast helps women leaders, “get actionable advice, and tips and hear stories from over 100 top female (and men) thought leaders” to help them increase their leadership skills, improve their performance, increase their influence, advance their careers, and increase their income. Topics discussed include innovation, female leadership, active listening, social media marketing, and more.
Podcast Snapshot: Women’s Leadership Success Podcast
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 30
ListenNotes Score: 40
Podcast Episodes to date: 118
#29: Coaches Rising
The Coaches Rising podcast, hosted by co-founder of Coaches Rising Joel Monk, gives listeners “tools, tips, and teachings from the world’s greatest coaches” with the goal of empowering listeners to “be a transformation coach.” Topics covered on the Coaches Rising podcast include wisdom, marketing, culture, development, and others.
Podcast Snapshot: Coaches Rising Podcast
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 29
ListenNotes Score: 42
Podcast Episodes to date: 152
The Coaching Conversations podcast by Tim Hagen is about teaching how to have coaching conversations specific to typical day-to-day workplace challenges. This podcast provides short podcast "mini-lessons" in each episode. Their objective is to use this podcast as a tool to teach and provide continued value to the merits of coaching in the workplace as they state “coaching is the #1 Strategy to maintain and develop talent!”
Podcast Snapshot: Coaching Conversations
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 28
ListenNotes Score: 46
Podcast Episodes to date: 281
#27: Business Breakdowns
Business Breakdowns is a podcast hosted by Colossus that examines “how companies work from the people who know them best.” They do “deep research and interview industry veterans, investment professionals, and corporate executives to explain the inner workings of public and private businesses.” They examine the “history, business model, financial statements” and other features of each business they research. The goal of this podcast is to help listeners learn from other businesses’ journeys, failures, and successes. Companies examined in the Business Breakdown podcast include Harvard Business Publishing, Vanguard, Home Depot, Intuit, Polaroid, and others.
Podcast Snapshot: Business Breakdowns
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 27
ListenNotes Score: 50
Podcast Episodes to date: 88
#26: The McKinsey Podcast
The McKinsey Podcast is a “business and management podcast featuring conversations with leading experts” about topics that “matter most in business and management.” This podcast seeks to help “businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations realize their most important goals” and achieve them. The McKinsey Podcast covers topics such as: burnout, culture, development, technology, and others.
Podcast Snapshot: The McKinsey Podcast
AreteCoach 2022 Best Executive Coach Podcasts Rank: 26
ListenNotes Score: 52
Podcast Episodes to date: 100
Frequency: Twice weekly