I have asked many people to list the qualities of a person who had a powerful, positive influence on their life. I receive a variety of answers, of course, but nearly always they include someone who truly cared about them as an individual. They talk about that person’s honesty and commitment to them.
That same description applies equally to a good “Coach.” A truly successful coach has a number of personal qualities, including honesty, tact, patience, and warmth, while sincerely caring for others and being genuinely interested in their success. They need a keen understanding of what motivates others and the ability to “walk in their shoes.”