Managing discomfort is hard work. Individual coaching specifically on issues of inclusion is a process that is tailored to each client, meeting them where they are without judgment. Executives and managers at all levels can develop skills and expand their capacity to build trust, have meaningful conversations, and interact with others in ways that make clear they belong in the room.
Having a confidential forum in which to articulate ideas and goals, identify internal and external obstacles, express frustration, assess different perspectives, and consider lessons learned in response to big questions is often how mindsets shift, which can drive big changes.
A collaborative process between the coach and the client, coaching helps a client heighten awareness of how their words and behaviors are perceived by others, highlighting any contrast with their internal intentions and goals. Being able to identify unhelpful patterns and limiting beliefs that get in the way of demonstrating the best version of themselves can provide a catalyst for clients to take action toward a new level of performance.
Rather than re-hashing the past, coaching focuses on moving forward and what needs to change in order to do so. Making strategic changes coupled with expanding capacity to develop relationships across differences can result in a new responsiveness to the needs of an organization, new levels of inclusivity, and a leveling up of leadership performance.