Its been a while since I posted in this thread. I would say I had been easy but, more accurately, I have been overtly lazy.
Anyway, the next instalment in my personal A -Z of coaching is
is for Empathy
Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
While on sports coach UK aspire programme last year we were put through a personality test, SDI – strength deployment index, (anyone who is at all interested in it can google it for a little more information)
Anyway, the results for me were that I am a ‘green’ personality – that means I focus on the process. Not a massive surprise to me. However, when I am in conflict I move to Judicious – Competing focused on assertiveness, justice, leadership, order and fairness in competition. Again not a huge surprise.
The surprise for me came when I was told that I lacked empathy.
For a while this really bothered me.
I believe that the ability to understand how your athletes are feeling, to understand what they are going through is essential to be able to coach effectively.
Coaching as part science part art, I love my spreadsheets, I love tracking data and interpreting it to get better results – the science.
That’s not all I am though, it cant be.
There is also the artist in me that looks at the athletes and sees the people, tries to understand their desires and emotions and works with them to get the result.
Thats why empathy is the next essential ingredient in the make up of a coach
til next time