- Supportive Structure & Discipline
All coaches acknowledged that completing the CSR activities led to slowing down and becoming more focused. Furthermore, CSR evolved into a habit and integral part of the coaching practice for them.
- Increased Self-awareness
The coaches highly valued the activities that helped them reflect deeper thoughts and emotions. Within their coaching practices, the coaches were much more aware of their listening skills, leading to increased focus on the client agenda and improved coach-coachee connections.
Interestingly, CSR also helped the coaches recognising the importance of self-care as a life coach, and its impact on their practice.
- Renewed Passion & Purpose
CSR allowed coaches to focus on the purpose of their coaching practice and what they considered meaningful. This helped them to select from coaching styles, populations to serve and niches to create.
- Tools for Professional Development
Practicing CSR reinforced and illuminated coaching principles, core skills and resources coaches used in their practices. They agreed that a tool like the LCCIQ would be beneficial as part of continuing professional development.
- Enhanced Relationships with Self & Others
Through the practice of CSR, the coaches found themselves more reflective about their individual lives. This involved them being transparent, accepting and honest with those around them.
The research has spoken.
Here's three tangible tips for all you life coaches out there:
First, adopt CSR practices regularly to help develop and broaden awareness of the self in your coaching relationships.
Second, focus intentionally on self-awareness of emotions, presence, attending behaviours, perceptions and assumptions during coaching sessions, to be more responsive to their client's needs.
Last but not least, if you’re wondering where to begin, you can experiment with adapting any of these tools to your practice: Empathy Maps, 5R Framework for Reflection, and of course, the LCCIQ.
And now you’re on your way to becoming a better coach!