In this thought-provoking episode of Coaching Uncaged Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by Executive Coach, Organisational Development Specialist, and one of the very first African coaches to be awarded MCC credentialing Nobantu Mpotulo as they dive into the exploration of an Ubuntu approach to coaching.

Nobantu starts by sharing the story and winding journey that led her to becoming an executive coach in South Africa, offering snapshots of how the coaching landscape in Africa looks and feels, and the way that she works with her clients, sharing both the challenges and rewards of this work.

Nobantu explains in detail what she means by an Ubuntu approach to coaching, sharing the translation ‘I am because we are’ to highlight that it’s an approach that’s really all about ‘walking alongside your coachee arm in arm.’ She talks about the heart-centred work of Ubuntu, being completely attuned to those you’re working with and speaks to the importance of completely loving your coachee, even if you don’t particularly like them!

Nobantu also shares a fascinating insight into her somatic work, and her love for the body, touching on how if we lean into the intelligence and feelings of the body, it can often offer us something different, or even more-informed than the mind, giving examples of how she brings this into her work in the coaching space.