One of my favorite books on coaching is: Emotional Intelligence Coaching: Improving performance for leaders, coaches and the individual by Stephen Neale, Lisa Spencer – Arnell and Liz Wilson.
What made me pick this book was the Foreword written by Sir John Whitmore – “I believe that Emotional Intelligence and coaching are inseperable…..the book focuses on emotional intelligence first, indicating that it is the foundation stone for good coaching; it goes on to address the basics of coaching and then to tie the two together.”
It’s a book I highly recommend especially for the coach community. Not that my peers are not ‘emotionally intelligent’ already, but the book is sure to add value in some way or the other; both to them at an individual level and to their clients via their further sharpened skills.
I have personally received a lot of value from this book. One of the gems I picked up is ‘The EI COACH model’ (Page 152-153) which is a unique amalgamation of the process of coaching and the principles of EI (Emotional Intelligence). The authors have developed the model around the acronym
C (change measure)
H (how are you feeling now?)
The benefit a coachee would derive (over other models) is the ability to gauge his emotional wellness ( barometer) during the coaching sessions, between them and even after the coaching intervention is complete, if this model is used well.
With exercises and questionnaires to develop one’s own emotional intelligence and thereby be instrumental in helping the coachee develop his/her own, this book is a rich resource.
I agree with the authors “ Asking someone who is not emotionally intelligent to coach others is like sending a newly qualified driver out on the roads in a Formula 1 car.” (Page 48)