Holding space for others

Some very deep insights in this article for leaders who want to coach more effectively. Although the article is about providing support during someone's final days, the lessons about "holding space" are incredibly relevant for the coaching relationship.

A couple of my favourite quotes:
"I do my best to hold space for other people... It’s not always easy, because I have a very human tendency to want to fix people, give them advice, or judge them for not being further along the path than they are, but I keep trying because I know that it’s important."

"To truly support people in their own growth, transformation, grief, etc., we can’t do it by taking their power away (ie. trying to fix their problems), shaming them (ie. implying that they should know more than they do), or overwhelming them (ie. giving them more information than they’re ready for). We have to be prepared to step to the side so that they can make their own choices, offer them unconditional love and support, give gentle guidance when it’s needed, and make them feel safe even when they make mistakes."

Source: http://heatherplett.com/2015/03/hold-space...