Imagine working as a woman coach in an infrastructure tribe with 98% of men workers and coaches. How do you survive the testosterone’s explosion? What are the clichés to overcome? What do you learn about yourself? Do men and women really coach in a different way? Join me in this wild journey.
I started as an agile coach in a coaching community of 78 men and 3 women, in an infrastructure tribe of 102 men and 3 women. Yes, it looked like a man’s world, full of testosterone. And to feel accepted, I started by behaving myself like a man. Until I discovered, thanks to wonderful colleagues, women and men, I could include in my coaching other aspects of my personality, often considered as more “feminine” ones. But can we really make the distinction between male and female ways of coaching ? Is mindset coaching reserved to women while organizational coaching is better done by men ? And do we need to apply different coaching approaches when we talk to male or female coachees ? Should the energizers be about football for men and about feelings for women ? What are the clichés we have to overcome when we discuss gender in a coaching context ? What can we learn from each other ? As agile coaches, male and female, how can we simply become more whole and integrate all the aspects of what we truly are as human beings in our coaching ?
With the help of real-life and often funny examples, these are some of the questions I would like to explore with you.