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Knowledge Bank: Emotional Intelligence

ConnectedCoaches is a new free online community for coaches of any sport or activity. They have produced a series of articles about how understanding the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) can help coaches boost performance levels and grow and sustain participation in sport.

  1. Emotional intelligence is integral to becoming a great coach. This article deals with some important emotional issues. We shine the spotlight on the term 'emotional intelligence' and examine the gamut of everyday behavioural patterns associated with it.
  2. Inside story: The value of self-awareness as a tool for improvement. A little introspection can go a long way. By exploring your emotions and understanding your inner self, you WILL improve your coaching. The benefits of practising self-awareness and getting some valuable ‘insider knowledge’ are such that you really cannot afford to ignore this advice from ConnectedCoaches.
  3. Dealing with feelings: The importance of getting your head around emotion perception. Emotion perception is a key component of emotional intelligence. Explore the inner world of emotions, and discover how recognising and managing them in yourself and others can significantly improve your coaching. 
  4. How to develop behavioural agility in your coaching to get the best out of yourself and your players. Take a look at recognising when to dial up and dial down your emotions because this can be key to getting the best out of your performers.
  5. Smells like team spirit: How to create a winning culture through the use of emotional intelligence. Developing a positive team environment, with tight social bonds between players and coaching staff, is instrumental to sustained success. This article explores the important role empathy, relationships and social awareness play in establishing the perfect club climate.
  6. The power of emotional intelligence: Turn a season to forget into a season to remember. This scenario-based article will help you conceptualise EI in a coaching context, and provide you with ideas on how to embed elements into your own coaching practice.

Read more articles and top tips on our Knowledge Bank or join ConnectedCoaches for free.