Dynamic Presencing Coaching

Advancing a Next-Stage, Fourth Generation Coaching Approach


  • Olen Gunnlaugson Université Laval Author




presencing, ontological, process ontology, presence, fourth-generation coaching, presencing mastery


This article draws upon findings from a recent five-year period of research, which led to the genesis and development of Dynamic Presencing Coaching (Gunnlaugson, 2024a, 2024b, forthcoming; Proches, C. et al., 2024), an emerging next-stage, fourth-generation coaching approach. In the sections that follow, I present a meta-framework outlining seven transformative shifts for exploring beyond the territory of current “third-generation coaching practice” (Stelter, R. 2014a). I then address how this meta-framework, derived from key insights generated from the Dynamic Presencing Coaching methodology serves as a transformative lens for exploring, clarifying and deepening into the space of fourth-generation coaching as a path for uncovering emerging forms of presencing mastery.  

Author Biography

  • Olen Gunnlaugson, Université Laval

    OLEN GUNNLAUGSON, Ph.D. serves as an Associate Professor in Leadership & Coaching within the Department of Management in the EQUIS, AACSB & PRME accredited Business School at Université Laval, in Québec, Canada. With an interdisciplinary research background in presencing leadership and coaching development, he received his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia and did his Post-Doctorate at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

    To date, his current and forthcoming research has been published internationally in 15 edited books as well as over 50 articles and chapters in leading academic journals and books. He has presented and keynoted at numerous international conferences and received five prestigious faculty level awards for excellence in teaching from universities in Canada and the USA. Over the past twenty years in his Master-level classes, he has taught and coached several thousand students (mainly emerging leaders, managers and executives) at universities in Canada, USA, Austria, Sweden, South Africa and South Korea.

    Globally, his current research focuses on supporting those leaders, managers and coaches who aspire to develop personal mastery in leading their lives and work from an inner place of deeply resourced presence, presencing and embodied practical wisdom. Connected with this work, over the past decade he has served as lead editor of the academic-practitioner book, "Perspectives on Theory U: Insights from the Field" as well as the three volume book series, "Advances in Presencing." Recently he stepped into the thought leadership role as editor in chief of the new International Journal of Presencing Leadership & Coaching to continue building this exciting new field of applied practice.

    Contact: Olen.Gunnlaugson@fsa.ulaval.ca




How to Cite

Dynamic Presencing Coaching: Advancing a Next-Stage, Fourth Generation Coaching Approach. (2024). International Journal of Presencing Leadership & Coaching, 1(1), 43-71. https://doi.org/10.69470/zv3grz15