Life coaches are there to encourage growth in their clients. They help people identify their goals and create plans to achieve them with actionable steps. In short, life coaches can help people catch their dreams. While it may seem like a totally odd concept to some, many successful people have had the support of life coaches. From world-class athletes to business leaders, life coaches have provided guidance and insight to some of the world’s most successful people.
That is why the role of a life coach is so important. Clients will rely on you to uplift them, push them, motivate them and inspire them to move forward toward their goals. Those seeking a life coach may be looking for assistance with transitioning into a new phase of life, motivation while working to achieve a new milestone or guidance with their own interpersonal relationships.
With that in mind, it’s key to develop the right qualities that will make you most valuable to those clients you serve. Here are 7 top qualities that will make you a better life coach.
Be a good listener
Listening is an important part of life coaching as you’ll need to really hear your client’s needs, issues and desires, understand them and help them with how to move forward to address them. Listen with the intention of learning and understanding the message of the speaker. One downfall of many conversations is that the listener is simply waiting for their turn to speak, without really absorbing the information from the speaker.
As a life coach, it’s important that you set your own agenda aside. If it’s helpful, jot down a few notes throughout the session as reminders of what the person is saying to reference when developing an action plan.
Have a judgment-free attitude
Your clients will likely pour out their emotions, fears, desires, goals and so much more during sessions with you. They will often be vulnerable and reveal things that others in their lives may not be privy to. It’s your responsibility to handle that information with care and to remain free of judgment. If you foster a safe environment for your clients, they will remain open and honest and allow you to easily provide guidance and support.
Be honest, but gentle
Honesty is, of course, always the best policy when providing guidance as a life coach. But it’s best to always be gentle, especially when approaching tough subjects. Honesty will help preserve your integrity with your clients as they open up to you about the challenges they are facing. Your honest feedback about subjects like their own self sabotage or ways they can improve their methods will be helpful to them in the end, but only if it is approached with care.
Be clear in your communication
The best way to provide guidance is to ensure that your subject understands you. This is not just in the words you select, but in the way you communicate. This involves nonverbal cues as well, like inflection and body language. All of these facets contribute to the clarity of your message. Be concise with your words and choose them carefully. Make sure that you are being clear with what you are trying to say and don’t beat around the bush. Give your client clear takeaways and actionable steps from your guidance.
You most likely entered this line of work because you are passionate to begin with. You are passionate about helping people and seeing others reach their full potentials. It is important that you let your clients see that passion. Convey your passion and energy for your client as an individual each time that you meet, so they know that you are fully invested in their success.
As a life coach, you are going to juggle multiple clients and schedules. And with so many personal needs for each and every person you meet, it’s easy to get things mixed up. Make sure to take detailed notes and be organized with your client files in order to make sure you are serving each person to the best of your ability.
People can always tell when you are being disingenuous, so authenticity is key. This will help foster a strong connection between you and your client. They will feel a stronger sense of trust which will enable them to open up to you and allow you to offer a helping hand. Without authenticity, there is no trust. And without trust, there is no buy-in from the client. They need to fully immerse themselves in the process in order for it to work. That begins with a real, authentic relationship.
At the core, a great life coach is a passionate person with an excitement to help people. And with that in the bag, you’ve already taken the first step toward becoming a successful life coach! What qualities do you think are key to being successful as a life or spiritual coach?