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Emotional Intelligence is Integral to Becoming a Great Coach

Understanding the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) can help coaches boost performance levels and grow and sustain participation in sport. So get your brain in gear as Blake Richardson explores with EI disciple Catherine Baker what it is and how developing your EI will help you get the best out of your athletes

This article deals with some important emotional issues.

Nothing related to mental health or well-being, as might be expected. We shine the spotlight on the term emotional intelligence and examine the gamut of everyday behavioural patterns associated with it.

Some coaches may have never heard of it, some consider it to be a myth; there are those who pay lip service to it without really understanding it, while others deem it the Holy Grail for sports coaches.

To the uninitiated, the ‘it’ in question might seem at first glance to be an intellectual concept probably best left to sports science degree students to investigate. But the principles of EI are actually quite simple to grasp. Putting it into practice – now, that’s the difficult part.

A definition

Catherine Baker delivers education seminars on EI. She is the founder of Sport and Beyond – a behavioural profiling, training and performance company.

She is an EI disciple and defines it as the ability to understand and control your emotions in order to be able to perform to your absolute potential.

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