How does the truth and clients work in coaching sessions? There is the truth as perceived by the coach and the coach is responsibility to tell the truth to clients as they see it. That truth, in the form of objective feedback, is one of the most meaningful gifts coaches can offer their clients. At the same time, it can be extremely challenging to do. There are all kinds of reasons why coaches might hold back from being truthful with clients:
- the coach may not want to hurt the client’s feelings;
- it might not be the best moment to tell the truth;
- the client might get angry, might not like or might resent the coach
This ―withholding of the truth though can undermine the coaching relationship. If coaches think, what the client is doing is harmful, if they see the client heading down the wrong path or revisiting a path the client has been on before, it is up to coaches to tell the client the truth the way they see it. Remember this is not coaches giving their opinion, but rather holding themselves as coaches accountable. Coaches must be willing to challenge their clients about their truths when they see that these truths (held beliefs) are holding the client back.
Clients appreciate that coaches are willing to tell them the truth, no matter how uncomfortable that might be. It is important for coaches to remember that, when they offer their clients this objective feedback, what they are sharing with their clients is their truth, or what they see to be true. It may or may not be THE truth. It is up to the clients to take that truth and do with it as they choose. They may decide to take it and explore it or they may decide to leave it.
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