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The Power of Emotional Intelligence: Turn a Season to Forget into a Season to Remember

Take a season-long journey with fictional hockey coach Kate to see how her use of emotional intelligence (EI) transformed a potentially dreadful campaign into a season to celebrate. This scenario-based article by UK Coaching's Blake Richardson will help you conceptualise EI in a coaching context and provide you with ideas on how to embed elements into your own coaching practice

You can almost hear the boom. The field of sports psychology has exploded in popularity in recent years.

The area of emotional intelligence (EI) has hitched a ride on the bandwagon. Like a beacon of knowledge, EI has been drawing sports coaches in, lured by glowing endorsements from renowned psychologists and wave after wave of positive publicity.

In our five previous articles, we have explored the concept in intricate detail, demonstrating its power as a tool for performance gain and personal development, and as a means for growing and sustaining participation.

In this final chapter, with the help once again of Catherine Baker – the founder of behavioural profiling, training and performance company Sport and Beyond – we put EI to the ultimate test.

We shadow imaginary hockey coach Kate through some choppy waters during a single hypothetical season as coach of Someplace Ladies.

We will see how she becomes adept at treating potential calamities as opportunities, and how by utilising various facets of EI, she is able to turn her many trials into triumphs.

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