How Emotional Intelligence Supports Coaching Presence

Have you ever considered how emotional intelligence supports your coaching presence? Psychology Today defines emotional intelligence as “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others.” The International Coach Federation notes a key component of coaching presence (competency #4): “demonstrates confidence in working with strong emotions and can self-manage and [...]

By |2016-04-14T06:05:21-05:00April 14th, 2016|Articles|

Grace for God’s Good Kids

I have often wondered: Is there grace for God’s good kids? I always thought the only answer to a request—especially a “good” request—was “yes.” Would you show up an hour early on Sunday morning to set up chairs for worship? Yes We need more people to serve coffee and doughnuts between services. Could you help? Yes [...]

By |2016-01-20T09:00:15-06:00January 20th, 2016|Articles|

Psychological Noise and How It Can Hijack A Coaching Session

One of the challenges coaches face is silencing the noise that can distract us during a coaching session. For those of us who work from home without a designated office space, it can be especially challenging. Most of us do well when it comes to eliminating external noise and distractions and giving our undivided attention [...]

By |2015-10-30T07:41:53-05:00October 30th, 2015|Articles|

5 Characteristics of Successful Professional Coaches

What distinguishes successful coaches from those that fall short? Why do some coaches build thriving coaching businesses while others’ coaching businesses barely survive? While answers to these questions may vary, many successful coaches share these common traits. Successful coaches . . . Rank high in emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the foundation for a [...]

By |2015-06-04T07:00:45-05:00June 4th, 2015|Articles|

Emotional Intelligence for Coaches: Social Awareness

For the last few weeks, we’ve focused on the five core components of emotional intelligence as identified by Daniel Goleman, author of the wildly popular book, Emotional Intelligence — self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social awareness. Today we focus on the last in our series, social skills. Social awareness is about understanding what people want [...]

By |2014-09-23T10:59:19-05:00September 23rd, 2014|Articles|

Emotional Intelligence for Coaches: Cultivating Empathy

Empathy, or its lack, can make or break a coach’s business success. Core to emotional intelligence, empathy is the ability to identify with and understand the feelings, motivations, and viewpoints of others. Empathy, in its most basic form, simply means good “people skills.” Empathetic coaches excel at managing relationships and making connections with others. But [...]

By |2014-09-13T09:47:35-05:00September 13th, 2014|Articles|

Emotional Intelligence for Coaches: Self-Regulation

Show me a professional coach who is successful, and I’ll show you a coach who has high emotional intelligence (EQ). Emotional intelligence, or the ability to perceive, access, and regulate emotions, encompasses five key components: self-awareness, self-regulation/self-management, internal motivation, empathy, and social skills. Last week, we talked about self-awareness. This week, let’s take a closer look [...]

By |2014-08-29T13:03:42-05:00August 29th, 2014|Articles|