Coaching skills provide a tremendous framework for improved communication and also inspire and implement the action necessary to achieve a desired result. In an effective manager / report relationship what would it take to make this interaction even better? How about a manger who demonstrates emotionally intelligent behavior working with a report who is highly motivated? This surely feels like “Coaching Utopia” with all the ingredients present for a successful outcome.
Of course you might be thinking that this is not realistic and rarely would you have a situation in place when these variables are “in sync”. In fact it might even be suggested that should this be the case then there is no need for coaching. Don’t forget coaching is not about fixing something that is broke. It’s about making a good situation even better; moving from functional to optimal. Research completed by Genos PTY supports this fact that much higher levels of employee engagement can be achieved when both an emotionally intelligent manager and motivated employee are present in the respective individuals. In turn employee engagement manifests itself in low turnover, high productivity, innovation, improved relations, etc, which are most typically the outcomes been sought through coaching support and development.
Similarly within the profession of coaching, it is probably fair to say that all good coaches demonstrate emotionally intelligent behavior; if they don’t, they should. At an intake session a considerable amount of the conversation delves into why a client is hiring a coach and what they hope to achieve, all of which speaks to their motivation.
So knowingly or otherwise, Emotional Intelligence and Motivation are clearly key ingredients for success in any effective coaching engagement.