How Developing Emotional Intelligence Can Improve Your Coaching. (Part 2)
In the previous blog post I introduced the concept of Behavioural Agility – adapting our coaching behaviours to meet the preferences of the people we coach – and suggested that recognising our own Emotional Intelligence (EI) and that of the performers was vital to improved performance.
The starting point for any EI development is self-awareness. Self-awareness allows us to take a step back and examine the way that we see ourselves.
- Are able to tune in to their thoughts, emotions and feelings at any time
- Are aware of how they behave impacts on others
- Have a clear understanding of their value and belief systems
- Know their strengths and limitations
People with low self-awareness will generally have;
- A low awareness of their thoughts, emotions and feelings
- A poor awareness of the impact their behaviour has on others
- Limited knowledge of their strengths and limitations
As coaches we spend a great deal of time analysing our performers looking for gains to improve performance, but other than the outcomes our performers and teams achieve what analysis do we do on ourselves, especially in the psychological area of coaching performance?
One way of increasing our self-awareness and developing our EI is to actually measure it. There are numerous tools on the market that can effectively measure EI and any Google search will give you links to these.
When I work with coaches I use the Thomas International Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue) which looks at an individual’s personality. The TEIQue measures personality in fifteen areas which include adaptability, self-motivation, well-being, self-control, emotionality and sociability.
Coaches who have taken this questionnaire have identified areas for development which include, adaptability, empathy, assertiveness and impulse control.
By increasing their self-awareness and developing these areas the coaches have found that it has had a positive impact on their coaching practice.
One example was with a very experienced coach, working at semi-professional level in a male team sport, who identified (through the TEIQue) that factors around adaptability were affecting his coaching performance. By increasing his self-awareness of this facet of his EI he was able to work on becoming more adaptable having a positive impact on the players and the team results. Additionally he has taken the newly developed skills to enhance other areas of his life outside of sport.
Do you think that increasing your self-awareness and developing your EI can have a positive impact on your coaching performance?
Written by David Doran of S4P Coaching
Dave is a Performance Coach and works with individuals and teams, in sport and business, developing Emotional Intelligence to improve performance.
He is currently working with coaches within Premiership Football, Rugby League and Hockey. He is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University working within the Sports Coaching Department lecturing on various aspects of Sports Coaching.