Don’t forget to be an amazing individual – and not a performing seal

The client is king for most coaches, with very few focusing fully on themselves during their working days, according to research into coaches’ self-care. “The client can be king but the coach has to be king first and have a lived experience. Running while the orange light is flickering is very uncomfortable yet is often done,” said Jane Keep, head of Leeds University Business School’s coaching faculty. She attributed this partly to “the strong focus in childhood on doing for recognition and acceptance rather than for simply being the amazing person we each are. Many of us become performing seals”. […]

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