And how being yourself will help you be more successful
For us, authenticity is not just a buzzword; it’s a cornerstone of how we work.
We all have our quirks, and we are not afraid to show up with our vulnerabilities, emotions, and full selves. Being ourselves, for us, is a superpower.
What is authenticity, and why is it important?
Authenticity is the quality of being true to oneself and acting in ways that reflect your values and identity. It resonates deeply with clients and establishes a foundation for trust, genuine connection, and transformative outcomes. (You can find an interesting take on the topic by using Eminem as the example of being true to yourself here.)
Studies have consistently demonstrated that authentic individuals are perceived as more credible, trustworthy, and empathetic. These qualities are essential for establishing relationships with clients, fostering open communication, and creating a safe space for them to explore their vulnerabilities and aspirations.
It also enhances our ability to connect with our clients on a deeper level. When coaches are genuine, they can connect with clients’ emotions, understand their perspectives, and tailor their sessions accordingly. This deep connection fosters a sense of psychological safety, allowing clients to feel heard, valued, and empowered to make positive changes.
Authenticity in coaching sessions
When you are true to yourself, you can deliver guidance and support with a level of conviction and passion that inspires your clients. This authenticity can energize clients, motivate them to take action, and increase their commitment to their goals.
Be yourself, in each of your interactions.
The benefits of authenticity extend beyond the individual client. When coaches are authentic, they contribute to a more positive and enriching coaching culture. Authentic interactions among coaches foster a sense of community, collaboration, and mutual respect. This positive environment can lead to knowledge sharing, peer support, and a collective commitment to upholding the highest standards of coaching practice. It’s what we encourage and build in our CoachUp Community.
To cultivate your authenticity, you can reflect on the following:
- Self-awareness: Understand your values, beliefs, and motivations. This self-awareness allows you to be mindful of how your perspectives may influence your interactions with clients.
- Transparency: Be open and honest with your clients about your own experiences, limitations, and areas of expertise. This transparency builds trust and allows your clients to make informed decisions about their coaching journey.
- Congruence: Align your actions with your words and values. This congruence reinforces your authenticity and demonstrates your commitment to ethical and professional coaching practices.
Authenticity is not about perfection; it’s about being genuine, vulnerable, and human. You can be all of that and find your unique place in the coaching world.