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Using Your Emotions in Coaching

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Written by Joseph Kanke, Statewide Coaching Coordinator
Aligned to coaching competencies 1.b, 4.a, 5.a

There is a lot of literature around coaching and emotional intelligence. What is your own emotional intelligence as a coach? What is the emotional intelligence of a client? What is the collective emotional intelligence of a team? As a coach I used to view emotional intelligence as the ability to shrug off emotions--to silently address them and move on to the task at hand.

Coaching during the pandemic has pushed me to reevaluate my what emotions mean and how important it is to take them into consideration in order to humanize coaching. My own shifting definition of emotional intelligence has led to a lot of research and reading and the culmination of a three part blog post. In this first post, I examine how the history of patriarchy has shaped the way American culture views emotions. In the second post, I reflect on how my own emotions show up in coaching conversations and what that could mean. The final post will explore how to make space and leverage emotions in a client.

If you are a coach or leader who has also considered how emotions show up in our work, consider reading this first post on the history of patriarchy and subscribe to receive the next two posts in the series.

Read Coaching and Emotions; History of Patriarchy