In the book Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart, the author shares her approach to executive coaching. Here are 5 tips I gathered from her writing. If you are a new coach (like me), this might be useful. If you're more experienced, do you have anything to add?
Here are some ways that you can use your own presence to benefit your client:
- Establish a strong connection: Your presence should be calming, reassuring, and empathetic. This will help you establish a strong connection with your client, which is essential for effective coaching.
- Create a safe space: Your presence should make your client feel safe and comfortable. This means being non-judgmental and creating an environment where your client feels free to express themselves without fear of criticism.
- Model behaviour: As an executive coach, your presence should model the behavior you want your client to adopt. This means being present, focused, and attentive.
- Encourage reflection: Your presence should encourage your client to reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This means being a good listener, asking open-ended questions, and providing feedback that encourages self-reflection.
- Challenge limiting beliefs: Your presence should challenge your client's limiting beliefs and help them develop a growth mindset. This means being supportive but also pushing your client to stretch their thinking and challenge their assumptions.
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