As I a came off a telephone call with my client I didn’t feel very good. I had a rising sense of panic derived from a big dose of self-criticism and a mixture of other feelings all rolled into one: inadequacy, shame, embarrassment, sadness and hurt but at the same time this was tempered by some relief and elation.
I sat for a few minutes in this really rather uncomfortable space to consider what might be going on and then texted my client to thank him for his feedback. Like it or not, when I reflected on what had happened it was a really important development, not just for me in a coaching context, but also for the coaching relationship with my client.
All rolled into one, I’d ended up feeling pretty vulnerable in this coaching context.
So I went on a search to find out about the subject of vulnerability in executive coaching and leadership development..I did some thinking..here's what I came to.