According to Daniel Goleman, “…people who are emotionally adept … are at an advantage at any domain in life … are more likely to be content and effective in their lives, mastering the habits of mind that foster their own productivity…”
The ability to handle your emotions will affect how you respond to adversity and rejection, how you handle new opportunities and situations, and how happy you are moment to moment. As a business coach, your emotional intelligence will influence your dealings with your clients professionally. The way you interact and get to know their challenges in growing their business is a big deal for them.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a term that refers to all the non-IQ areas of human intelligence. “[The] social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action“. Often called people skills, street smarts, common sense, savvy, etc. this wide array of skills are emerging as the most important competencies in business. EI is the general catch phrase for a field of study that is relevant to all of us, because it relates to the most important skills we use every day. And whether you know it or not, these skills – that determine how well you know yourself, how well you deal with all that happens to you, and how well you deal with others – are vitally important to your success. The following skills will make you better understand its importance.
Self-awareness makes you understand your emotions, and because of this, you don’t let your feelings rule you. You are confident – because you trust your intuition and don’t let your emotions get out of control.
Self-Regulation is the ability to control emotions and impulses. As a coach, you won’t allow yourself to become too angry or jealous, nor make impulsive, careless decisions. Characteristics of self-regulation are thoughtfulness, comfort with change, integrity, and the ability to say no.
Motivation is the willingness to defer immediate results for long-term success. It can make you highly productive, love a challenge, and very effective in whatever you do.
Empathy is the ability to identify with and understand the wants, needs, and viewpoints of those around you.
Social Skills make you a team player. Rather than focus on your own success first, you help others develop and shine.
Plain and simple, all available evidence clearly shows that you cannot achieve extraordinary levels of success, without a high level of competency in the core EI realms. Many people believe that emotional intelligence is at least as important as regular intelligence. Using EI in your coaching sessions will gain more benefits. It doesn’t only nourish your relationship towards other people, especially to your clients; it also is a main factor in growing your coaching business. Building trust both in your personal and professional relationships can make a big difference. You will be well-known in your techniques when handling business owners’ needs in achieving their goals.
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Cherry A. Collier, Ph.D., MCC, CNLPMC, RCC, CPCC
Chief Collaboration Officer, Master Certified Executive Coach & Inclusion Strategist
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