Using Somatics to Coach Leaders

  • Margaret Echols
  • Sandy Mobley

Abstract

OUR LEADERSHIP COACHING APPROACH INCLUDES basic distinctions related to language, emotions, and body; we increase our power as observers by obtaining more distinctions in language, deeper and wider access to our range of emotions (and moods), and greater awareness of our body. As our own leadership coaching experience has grown, we have developed an increasing recognition and appreciation of the rich possibilities in exploring more deeply the critical role the body plays in the clients’ learning and in helping our clients transform. It is routine for coaches to ask their clients, “What are you feeling?” but rarely is the emotion or mood linked to the client’s body sensations or body posture.

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Notes

  1. 1.
    Albert Mehrabian, Silent Messages (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1971), 77.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Richard Strozzi-Heckler, The Anatomy of Change: A Way to Move through Life’s Transitions (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1984, 1993), 9.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Daniel Goleman, Working with Emotional Intelligence (New York: Bantam Books, 1998), 74–76.Google Scholar

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© Christine Wahl, Clarice Scriber, and Beth Bloomfield 2013

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  • Margaret Echols
  • Sandy Mobley

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