Term: empathy

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Expression:

Empathy in coaching is the coach's ability to empathize with and understand the thoughts, feelings, motives and personality traits of the coachee.

Definition:

Empathy is an important skill for coaches as it helps them to better understand the coachee and support them in achieving their goals.

Types of empathy

Empathy can be divided into two dimensions:

  • Cognitive empathy: The ability to understand another person's thoughts and feelings.
  • Affective empathy: The ability to empathize with another person's feelings.

Cognitive empathy

Cognitive empathy is important for coaches because it helps them understand the coachee's perspective and understand their thoughts.

Affective empathy

Affective empathy is important for coaches because it helps them understand the coachee's feelings and provide emotional support.

Empathy in the coaching process

Empathy is an important part of the coaching process. Coaches use empathy to:

  • To understand the coachee better
  • Gaining the trust of the coachee
  • To support the coachee in achieving goals

Examples of empathy in coaching

  • A coach listens carefully to a coachee while they talk about their feelings.
  • A coach asks questions to better understand the coachee's thoughts and feelings.
  • A coach shares his or her own thoughts and feelings with the coachee in order to connect with them.
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