What makes a great coach? While most people would debate personality, I would offer one word that kind of encompasses all the best qualities and traits: Grace.
Pulling the best out of someone is a lot easier when we stop pushing. To be a great coach, we can’t rely on our own intellect. We can’t force our will onto the players. We need to empty our heads of what we think we know, and ask for a higher power to grace us with the knowledge, words, and actions needed to get the win.
When we allow the grace to flow, we become omnipotent in our ability to extract the best qualities and skills out of those around us.
A few things a great coach should remember:
True leaders don’t need to look behind themselves to check on who is following. That’s because their followers are right beside them.
We are smart enough to know that we are not smart enough to know everything.
Most important, the real glue that holds a team together is not the coach. It is the love and respect the team has for their coach, and the belief that he or she will do what it takes to help them win every time.