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To build out empathy then, what are the benefits? First of all, better understanding of other coaches, better understanding of yourself. It demonstrates opportunities to support other coaches. If you’re empathetic, you’re likely to understand another person. Empathy allows the implementation of strategies at an early intervention stage. If you’re working with youngsters, showing that you’re empathetic towards their need will build a rapport with that youngster.
Empathy associates with the ability to assess body language. Why some believe the way they are, why do they act the way they are… well if you start assessing body language you might be able to empathize why they are the way they are. It also associates with the ability to possess expressions and of course assess emotions.
Opportunities to increase empathy levels shouldn’t be missed, so as previously stated peer observation of fellow coaches. Maybe use videos and video recordings of yourself and other coaches when coaching. You use it with players to help improve their performance, why not use it yourself?
Maintain a reflective log like a journal and outline your ability to empathize with people. Use mirror images, see yourself in a reflection so you can ask questions of your body language, expression or all emotions before a game. Have regular scenario building meetings to examine empathy levels amongst fellow coaches and associate with practitioners from different sports to increase transferable skills.