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Talent and Performance Developing Mindsets Self-care and development

Emotional Intelligence: How to Develop Behavioural Agility in your Coaching

The latest article in our emotional intelligence series with Catherine Baker looks at recognising when to dial up and dial down your emotions. She tells Blake Richardson that this can be key to getting the best out of yourself and your participants

Coach the person, not the sport. This succinct piece of advice always ranks highly when coaches are asked to list their ‘top tips’.

It is a fundamental part of coaching, which, adding a bit more flesh to the bones, involves treating each performer as an individual, in the knowledge that every person has their own development needs, personality, goals, strengths and weaknesses.

It stands to reason, then, that coaches will have to continually alter their coaching styles in order to meet the diverse needs of their performers.

The rewards are great, as the better you know their behaviours and idiosyncrasies, the better you are going to be at coaching them.

Recognising and understanding the vagaries of emotions and behaviour is the first step to becoming adroit in behavioural agility – the ability to control and adapt your behaviour and the behaviour exhibited by others.

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