Coaching is often an exercise in modesty because it requires the coach to set aside their own ego and agenda and focus solely on the needs and goals of the client. A good coach recognizes that they are not there to provide solutions or answers, but rather to guide the client towards discovering their own solutions and insights.
In order to be effective, coaches must be humble and recognize that they are not the experts in the client’s life or situation. They must be willing to listen deeply, ask powerful questions, and provide support and guidance without imposing their own views or judgments.
Modesty also means acknowledging the limits of one’s own knowledge and expertise. Coaches should be willing to seek out additional training and resources when needed, and be open to feedback and constructive criticism from clients and colleagues.
By practicing modesty, coaches create a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings, take risks, and make meaningful progress towards their goals. They become trusted partners in the client’s journey, rather than imposing authorities with all the answers.