Emotional Intelligence & Building Stronger Relationships

  • February 18, 2021

One of many effective coaching attributes is the ability to develop a strong coach-athlete relationship. By building your emotional intelligence to develop intrapersonal and interpersonal skills, you are taking steps towards building stronger relationships with those around you including your fellow colleagues, and most importantly, your performing athletes. But what exactly is EI, and how can you harness the power of it to your advantage?

Strong Emotional Intelligence can help you:

  • Relieve stress
  • Communicate effectively
  • Empathize with others
  • Overcome challenges
  • Defuse conflict

    While Emotional Intelligence may sometimes seem like a kind of Jedi mind trick from Star Wars, rest assured this webinar will guide you in understanding EI, how to use specific tools and strategies, and unleash the “force” in your coaching role. Specific emphasis will be placed on team dynamics and coaching staff dynamics.

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 7 – 8pm EST
Cost: FREE
PD Point: 1 PD Point

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Coach Responses

How important to performance is relationship building amongst your athletes? What can you do to promote relationship building within your coaching team or staff?

What advice/techniques would you give to new coaches?

Share your tips and best practices!

See past Coach 2 Coach topics.

Dawn Turner – Diving – Ottawa

Tough during a virtual world at the moment but building strong relationships on and off the course by being interested in other activities as a team. Go out for hikes, do crafts, recommend a movie, study groups. Just being together encourages a stronger team atmosphere.

Sophie Anderson – Soccer – Ottawa

Talk a bit more about roles and open up on strengths and weaknesses (building greater trust between coaches and getting comfortable with our vulnerability).

Elliott Rae – Multi-Sport – Toronto

I can promote a stronger relationship with my coaching staff through providing a better environment. If I were to allow myself to be vulnerable with my staff, I believe I could foster a healthier relationship with them. Another action that I could do with my coaching staff is unite the values, ambitious, workload, and ideas.

Dorothy Penner – Orienteering – Edmonton

Our coaching team is a very small, close knit group of volunteers. We have a great relationship currently but want to ensure that this can carry on as we introduce new coaches to our group. Staying in touch and doing activities together would be our biggest relationship promoters.

Glen Powney – Hockey – LaSalle

Delegate certain responsibilities to each Staff member; use their expertise and make them feel valuable. Listen to their ideas as well.

Chris Cook – Rugby – Brockville

Listening, listening, listening! This is the essential piece for connecting and implementing a program that is inclusive and responsive to everyone’s needs.

Norman Clarke – Basketball – Toronto

Have more time together away from the actual coaching. More opportunities for coaching staff to take the leadership role.

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