What inspired you to specialize in emotional intelligence coaching?
I learned very early the importance of being able to effectively work with a variety of personalities and situations; having an open mind to new and different; daily self and work reflection; and identifying, recognizing and actively pursuing needed change. After a discussion with one of my colleagues, I became intrigued with the study of emotional intelligence and how folks with high EI have greater mental health, better leadership skills and more satisfying personal relationships. So of course, I wanted to find out more and then share my learning with others.
In what ways have you seen your clients’ lives transformed through your work together?
Many of my clients speak of feeling privileged to have dedicated time for digging deeper within themselves, identifying their strengths and weaknesses and then developing and implementing actions that allow for greater productivity – and less stress. This includes strengthening discernment, increased transparency about their emotions and building more positive relationships in both the home and on the job. One shared his use of the Mood Meter with his own children to help them more accurately identify what they were feeling, resulting in fewer tantrums and less stress for him and his wife!
As a coach, what tools and skills do you bring to your coaching?
I like to think that I bring job related knowledge and experience, self-awareness, empathy, active listening and confidence in knowing that I can assist others in arriving at their own truths and identifying possible solutions to challenges they may face.
What does success look like for your clients at the end of the coaching process?
Success for my clients includes greater self-awareness and being in control of their emotions; not being afraid to identify and confront their weaknesses – then deal with them in a productive manner; being better equipped to leverage their strengths to continue to develop and foster meaningful personal and professional relationships; and gaining confidence in having difficult conversations with peers and those whom they supervise.