Boom Boom Go:
Leonid works as a Certification Pod Leader on CTI’s Advanced Certification Course. We wanted to sit down with him to talk about some of the general concerns and worries that he sees regularly with his students — especially any recurring patterns.
When students reach either the middle of the programme, or they get closer to the end of the programme, they start panicking because they feel like they are losing their identity. They lose themselves and have a new identity, and wonder, "How am I going to be in the world? How am I going to show up with people who have known me for years?"
They notice differences. They know that they show up differently but it can be hard to put your finger on it. "What's different about me?"
"How am I going to show up with people who have known me for years?"
I encourage students to stay connected to what moved them to become coaches in the first place. There was something — the inspiration, the urge to do something, to have an impact on the world — a long time ago before they even signed up to be certified, when they first went to core curriculum training.
So I encourage them to reconnect with that and stay connected to it because that is the most important ingredient in you becoming a powerful, professional coach.
Boom Boom Go:
How do you recommend people do that?
Do whatever it takes. Create a structure around it. Make a ritual about it. Write about it.
Or, if you had a conversation with someone when you were first becoming a coach, have that conversation again. Ask them: "Do you remember I had this conversation with you when I decided to become a coach. What do you remember about it?" They will point you to that.
This is what I did for myself.
Boom Boom Go:
You also work as a Supervisor with coaches that are further along in their careers. What are the thinking traps that you are seeing at this later stage, and what is the different advice there?
After a certain time coaches tend to get too comfortable and they think, "This is my style, that's it, I don't want to bring anything else into my coaching." And they might be missing out on something really really amazing.
I encourage them to be uncomfortable, at least once in a while. Get uncomfortable, stretch yourself, try something different. There is so much more available.
Stay open to the fact that you will never ever be fully cooked.
I love the Supervision work because you see how coaches step into something that they thought was not available to them. Or they just didn't see how it can expand their range, and how much more powerful their coaching becomes.
My advice is to continue working on your personal development intentionally and stay open to the fact that you will never ever be fully cooked and that is the beauty of the coaching profession you know. So stay open to learning more for the rest of your life.
This interview has minor edits for clarity.
Leonid Frolov is a Co-active Coach, Leadership Trainer, and Faculty at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).