by Nina East
In last month’s issue of the VOICE I shared some insights about the differences between the IAC Coaching Masteries™ and some earlier definitions of coaching skills. We received great feedback on the issue—and a request for more information about the Masteries. So, as promised, this is the first in a series of articles which will explain each of the Coaching Masteries™ in greater detail.
Mastery #1 – Establishing and maintaining a relationship of trust
On the surface, this seems fairly simple. An essential element of any coaching relationship is a feeling of trust between the coach and client. Without it, the communication is often awkward and the client may not share important information or expectations, which virtually guarantees the coaching will be off-target and less effective.
Clients come to coaching to experience personal growth, discovery and transformation—whether in their own lives or relationships, as part of an organization or in business. One of the most important things the coach must do is ensure a safe space and supportive relationship in which this can happen.
Keeping track of your masteries
If you haven’t already done so, download the Masteries E-book. Having it at your fingertips will help you become more familiar with each of the masteries, making it easier to recognize when you are using a specific mastery and how effective that use is.
Pretty straightforward, right?
Well, yes and no.
While many behaviors that might demonstrate this mastery may be natural to coaches (active listening, assuring the client, being inviting), there are also some key places where coaches go astray.
Establishing and maintaining a relationship of trust is about the environment you create in which the client and coach can explore, question, discover, create and develop sustainable systems. The desired effects are that the client is open to sharing and receiving, the client perceives the coach as their personal advocate, and the client sees, or begins to see, transformation and growth as manageable.
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About the Author:
Nina East is the IAC’s Lead Certifier and the author of PersonalGrowthEnthusiasts.com. As a coach she helps personal growth professionals turn creative edge thinking into practical tools and resources, and helps other coaches master the art of coaching. Find her on the web at www.MyMentorCoach.com.
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