The value of emotional intelligence for high performance coaching

Journal article

Chan, Jonathan T. and Mallett, Clifford J. 2011. The value of emotional intelligence for high performance coaching. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 6 (3), pp. 315 - 328.
AuthorsChan, Jonathan T. and Mallett, Clifford J.

Similar to an effective leader in business, a high-performance sports coach requires qualities beyond technical and tactical acumen, such as leadership and the ability to facilitate a functional leader-follower relationship. Underpinning this dynamic relationship that exists between the coach and athlete is a leader's acumen associated with emotional intelligence (EI). This article aims to highlight the utility of EI for high-performance sport coaches, and provide concrete examples as to how EI might enhance a coaches' ability to lead and direct the production of high-performance with their staff and athletes. First, a brief overview of the link between EI and leadership quality is presented. Second, Mayer and Salovey's (1997) four-branch model of EI (i.e., perceiving, using, understanding, and managing emotions) will be used as a framework for demonstrating how a coach may use such abilities to lead and produce high-performance.

Keywordsemotional intelligence; leadership; self-awareness; sports coaching
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Journal citation6 (3), pp. 315 - 328
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Scopus EID2-s2.0-80053518288
Open accessOpen access
Page range315 - 328
Research GroupSports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre
Publisher's version
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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