Relationship Building in Life Coaching
August 12, 2013
The coach-client relationship is the heart of all life coaching processes. Whether it involves executive coaching, leadership, marriage or financial coaching without a client to serve, a coach cannot fulfill his or her purpose. Hence, knowing how to effectively build relationships with people is fundamental to being a successful life coach. This research paper will explore the dynamics of the coaching relationship as it relates to factors, such as commonalities and compatibilities, which influence the development and maintenance of effective relationships, as well as components that are critical to the…show more content… Boyce et al (2010) states, “the similarity-attraction hypothesis maintains that similarity is a major source of attraction between individuals and that a variety of physical, social, and status traits can be used as the basis for inferring similarity in attitudes and beliefs” (p. 916). “Compatibility refers to the appropriate combination of client and coach behavior preferences or the characteristics the client and coach possess that influence their cognitions and behaviors in various situations” (Boyce et al, 2010, p. 916). It is believed that coaches who are matched with clients based on their styles of behavior and similar personalities are more likely to have a healthier relationship (Boyce et al, 2010). Then again, if a mismatched coaching relationship continues to exist the coach may be able to challenge the client’s perspectives, which can result in higher performance outcomes (Boyce et al, 2010).
Credibility is another important factor when matching coaches and clients. Boyce, Jackson and Neal (2010) state that, “credibility refers to a coach possessing the necessary credentials to meet client needs and include coaching competence and experience” (p. 917). Not only does credibility involve the coach’s competence and experience, but their ability to hold true to their word. Clients’ expect coaches’ to follow through on their word. With time, this ultimately forms the client’s