Chapter 5Beginning a Coaching Relationship: How Do I Develop Trust with a Coachee?

Read this chapter when:

  • You're about to start working with a new client.
  • You sense that your client doesn't trust you.
  • You've broken a client's trust and want to rebuild it.
  • You're a principal interested in strategies for developing trust with a staff member.

“Without Trust There Can Be No Coaching”

Most coaches know that this statement by Rafael Echeverría and Julio Olalla (1993) is true, but what does it mean in a practical sense? How do we develop trust? How do we know if our coachee trusts us? And what do we do when trust breaks down?

Anytime someone engages in coaching, they are bound to feel vulnerable at some point. Learning, reflecting, and taking ...

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