Emotional intelligence

Coach Growth

Emotional intelligence

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

Coaching is a relationship between the coach and their players; the degree to which a coach influences their players is dependent upon the strength of that relationship. Building relationships requires the ability to relate with people, and this ability is drawn from a coach’s emotional intelligence.

In this article we will explore emotional intelligence and how it is related to effective coaching. We look at the purpose of coaching and how you can develop your emotional intelligence in order to effectively meet this purpose.

Purpose of coachingPurpose of coaching

A primary objective of coaching is to help your athletes to reach their goals quicker than they could without your assistance. These goals may be performance based (e.g. winning competitions) or they may be development based (e.g. learning new techniques or becoming more effective using existing ones). So while winning…

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