Perhaps most important is humility. Great coaches want to win, but they understand that dedicating time to the team and the skills of individual players is the point of their job. While winning trophies can speak to a coach’s skill, the best measure of success is the improvement in players’ abilities and their passion for the game.
Great coaches also need a sense of compassion. Coaches come to understand how to motivate players when they take the time to get to know them as people, not just numbers. Every player has potential, and a great coach understands how to tap into individual strengths.
Leadership is another essential aspect of coaching. Great coaches know how to take and maintain command, but in a manner that encourages teamwork. Part of leadership is delivering criticism in a meaningful way that does not discourage the team.