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Superintendents Share Four Domains to Coach Effective Leaders

Superintendents Share Four Domains to Coach Effective Leaders

When it comes to coaching tomorrow's education leaders, some superintendents and administrators may struggle with finding the best resources and practices. 

Lisa Gonzales, superintendent of the Portola Valley School District in California and Charles Young, assistant superintendent for the Palo Alto Unified School District in California share four domains in coaching employees effectively.

The duo said that powerful coaching relationships are "the most important quality of effective performance and interactions: High emotional intelligence quotient, or EQ," according to an article on 

"Emotional IQ is not static and can be influenced by effective coaching relationships," the article said. "To increase one’s EQ, coaching needs to focus on four domains: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management."

The first domain the duo suggests is "self-awareness."

Coaching a leader to become self-aware can be a valuable journey for both," the article said. "In this approach to coaching, the coachee learns to be aware of his or her preferences, states and intuitions. A key piece is learning the limits of one’s emotions and the effect on leadership. A leader who is stoic during emotionally charged times can be a turn-off and seen as lacking care or compassion. Likewise, being regularly emotional, overly sensitive, and exhibiting strong emotions that overpower situations can affect a leader’s credibility and stability.

The fourth domain is to maintain "relationship management."

"Relationships are critical to building trust and moving an organization forward," they said. "A coach working on relationship factors needs to have a strong, cohesive and open foundation of communication with the coachee. EQ is strengthened when a leader listens openly, sends convincing messages and resolves disagreements. All these can build relationships, but can also tear them down if not managed with finesse and patience."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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