Managing emotions: the objective of coaching, measuring one’s emotional intelligence quotient

As opposed to the intellectual, emotional intelligence can be deployed throughout life. It is on this scientific and empirical observation that coaches in personal or professional development come into play. Their objective is essentially to measure the emotional quotient of individuals and to facilitate its development. What are the interests that this human specificity arouses in order to make it the object of personal coaching?

On the coach’s side: efficiency and personalization

Through various tests and tools specific to the Emotional Intelligence Quotient, the coach can understand the subject’s personality and help him or her better cope with life; both personal and professional. These diagnoses generate relevant reports on the key competencies of the emotional intelligence of the subject. Indeed, the coach will base himself on very factual and empirical elements reflecting the emotional functioning of the person being coached and clearly identifying his potential and his development axes. With effective measurement instruments such as EQ-i, coaches can help individuals to identify their blockages and the links with other emotional aspects that influence their behaviour. Remember that the main role of the coach is to facilitate the awareness of the emotional state and the empowerment of the need for change.

Better EQ: better living conditions

On the coachee’s side, becoming attentive to the influences of one’s emotions and how they affect those around them is a sign of high emotional awareness. Indeed, developing one’s emotional quotient is learned throughout one’s life but can be instilled through coaching sessions. This makes it easier to manage emotions in one’s daily life, in particular a better channelling of stress and the control of one’s impulses. The coachee will also train to deal with difficult behaviours such as aggressiveness or criticism. Self-awareness, self-regulation and motivation to change are important and visible elements in the life of a person with a strong emotional quotient. They are able to control their emotions easily and do not suffer the full force of the emotions that others give off. Their self-confidence is strengthened and they are able to establish and maintain healthy human relationships on a daily basis.

QE: developer of soft skills

A favorite subject of the professional coach, emotional intelligence contributes greatly to professional success. According to Daniel Goleman, 67% of job performance is conditioned by the essential skills related to this parameter. Indeed, seeking to develop one’s emotional quotient means improving self-perception (self-esteem, self-actualization and self-awareness), developing individual expression (self-affirmation and independence), increasing empathy and wanting a better decision-making system (initiative and commitment). Communication and interpersonal relationships are also fundamental in business. Becoming aware of one’s EQ and developing it are the most effective means of strengthening one’s interpersonal skills and even creating professional affinities.

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