Executive coaching based on Emotional Intelligence
Updated: 04 July 2019
Emotional Intelligence coaching (EQ coaching or EI Coaching) is a powerful and expert form of executive coaching. Executive coaching has become highly respected at building success and fulfilment at the highest levels within organisations across the UK and worldwide.
London based EQworks has expert coaches building a huge range of competencies including self-belief, motivation, self-awareness, communication skills and resilience.
Emotional intelligence coaching not only reveals the unique working of your emotional realm but also directs you to your un-tapped potential and to where you've been holding yourself back. It's a very powerful form of leadership and management coaching that's both discreet and trusted.
EQ coaching builds personal skills from your core by showing you what good looks like both 'emotionally' and practically. It brings together tried and tested techniques and models (shown below). What's more, you don't have to live or work in London or the UK to experience our executive coaching. We run tele-coaching sessions and travel worldwide. We specialise in particular with coaching c-suites running progressive, dynamic and forward-thinking organisations.
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Executive Coaching Models
Emotional intelligence coaching is fascinating because it's driven by the most important psycho-physiological mechanism of human consciousness, our emotions. We work to build positive emotional experiences using the following top executive coaching techniques;
- Emotional resilience is stress management techniques
- Executive coaching is practical skills for goal attainment
- Positive psychology is about pursuing lives of self-motivation, value and well-being
- Mindfulness is a way of being foccusing on the present moment that can help bring peace, focus and wellbeing
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming is an understanding and use of psychological processes & language to create positive beliefs, behaviours & success
- EQ Testing uses two powerful EQ tests to develop people;
- The EQ-i 2.0 &
- The Advanced Relationship Testing (A.R.T.) coaching models
Gimmack's EQ coaching relationship model
Emotional intelligence coaching benefits
Emotional intelligence coaching (ei coaching) works for both executive coaching and life coaching contexts. It is a personal development regime as practical or developmental as you need. It focuses on and builds a huge range of life and work skills. It's your confidential space to share desires, beliefs & dreams and mould them into practical goals and taking action. Free of judgement & highly supportive, here are some leadership coaching benefits; Our coaches bring out your;
- A fine-tuning of your listening and feedback skills
- More accomplished public speaking
- Speaking with more confidence–in groups and one-2-one
- Enhanced rapport-building skills
- A better understanding of how body language, language and emotions communicate
- Improved reading of people
- Improved influencing skills (leadership coaching)
- Practical skills for more engaging and long-lasting relationships
- Building of stakeholder awareness - improved strategic view
- Become firm but compassionate leader
- Uncovers toolkit of skills for managing up, across and down
- More effectively avoid or deal with conflict and difficult conversations
Setting-achieving of goals
- Uncover insight for strategic career assessment and development
- Clear frustrations and blocks
- Clarify most appropriate actions to succeed
- Finely hone understanding of what motivates you
- Professional sounding board to talk through key issues & decisions, confidentially
- Build your reputation or charisma
- Building your sense of calm and presence (mindfulness)
- Building your practice for creating greater awareness and self-management
- Building self-confidence & encouraging working to strengths
- Revealing the hidden allowing awareness, adaption & growth
- Uncovering and overcoming limiting beliefs
- Building your emotional resilience and managing stress
- Taking best care of your health and what’s important to you
- A thorough tactical work-out
- Greater strategic clarity and planning
Executive coaching process
Executive coaching is a relationship. Your coach works to what's best for you. This is down to your preferences and desire to learn from your management coaching experience. Emotionally intelligent coaching is driven by and so tailored to, your needs and the way you work best. It’s naturally self-directed and holistic.
7 Top Tips for EQ executive coaching
- review where you are, your needs, issues and context and assess your detailed Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skills
- build rapport and trust with you – The ‘coaching relationship’
- Enable listening carefully to you - understand what’s important to you to help build your
self-belief, purpose and motivation
- ask you powerful open questions to 'enable your resourcefulness'
- pin-point your needs and options
- model and build positive behaviours and outcomes around your needs and issues
- structure and support your development plan towards specific goals and competencies of your choosing
We like to be transparent about our coaching process to encourage clients to learn coaching skills themselves. We believe great managers need to be great coaches, so we highly recommend coaching skills training e.g. leadership coaching and coaching for leaders programmes
Executive coaching styles to fit your needs
Top executive coaches should be focussed on bringing out your best. To do this we fit the coaching style to your needs. Coaching relationships are personal and can differ depending on needs, context and the relationship. For instance, you may prefer a more directive approach depending on how much and in what way you wish to be supported and encouraged. Directive coaching can feel more dynamic and push you, but it may not allow you to learn the most from your experience or take maximum responsibility in the long run. The coaching style may also affect the amount and type of contact between sessions. Generally weekly sessions strike the right balance.
EQ coaching tools
- Take an EQ Test such as the EQ-i 2.0 or Advanced Relationship Test (A.R.T.).
EQ tests provide an insightful kick-start that assess your strengths, development areas and what you most need to work on; a sample Advanced Relationship Test profile is shown here.
- Write down key scenarios of your life and work. This key component to finding what you need to develop also builds commitment to your action plan. I strongly encourage writing things down, always, not simply to think about things. Writing an emotion's journal, for instance, helps emotional clarity, expressive ability and clarifies what’s happening in your life and work. Neuro-science now proves that this helps calm the mind (a process called ‘affect labelling’).
- Learn as you go. Some people are keen to learn about the coaching process and concepts of EQ as sign-posts along their development journey. This builds long-term understanding of their development programme which increases learning, self-management and long-term commitment to change.
- You and I working together as a team to an agreed process. Keeping a comprehensive coaching plan means that progress can be accurately agreed, monitored and helps keep you motivated. We uncover and model ‘what good looks like’ for you through work and life scenarios. We model ideal interactions and behaviours.
EQ coaching is a thorough tactical work-out to make the best of opportunities in the moment but also allows you to step back to strategically plan how to make the most of your future.
What's the difference between executive coaching and therapy?
Executive coaching is based around what you want to achieve. It is not ‘issue-focussed’ as in therapeutic ways of working although issues or blocks are commonly uncovered in the process. Executive coaching is based on the premise that you can move forward with the support of a great coach. If a client has distinct difficulties moving forward, the coach may refer them on for additional help. Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour therapy and therapeutic support are examples.
Executive coaching logistics
Coaching sessions usually last from 60 to 120 minutes. For optimal working and value it’s recommended (though not essential) to commit to at least 4 sessions initially over a 4-10 week period. Intervals of 10 days to 2 weeks is ideal to maintain the dynamic nature of coaching. Executive coaching usually occurs face-to-face (occasionally by phone (skype)) in a neutral or discreet location by mutual agreement. We're based in London and work mainly in the United Kingdom and Europe but occasionally further afield. We also coach on skype/Botim around the world.
We understand that appointments can change - whilst we try and be flexible there is a minimum 48 hours’ notice required to change or cancel sessions, without which full charge is due.
Our coaches have at least 15 years professional executive coaching experience. We're based in London in the UK but travel far and wide as well as have regular remote coaching too. We use advanced EQ tests undertaken in total confidence.
The ability of the leadership coach to help you achieve great things rests on these qualities - openness, honesty and transparency. At all times you, as the client, should feel respected and supported and safe.
Working in all these ways your potential is far greater than you can imagine