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Developing Mindsets

Making Sense of Humility and Vulnerability in Coaching

This article accompanies the UK Coaching Podcast with Professor Damian Hughes – bestselling author and expert on high-performance sporting cultures – and explores the qualities of vulnerability and humility and their impact on effective coaching practice

UK Coaching Senior Coach Developer Tom Hartley highlights some of the key points Damian discussed in the Podcast and poses a range of questions to help you reflect on and consider what humility and vulnerability might look like in your coaching environment.


So, what is humility and why is it important?

A key focus of our conversation was based on Damian’s self-termed three stages of humility: peak idiot, the valley of humility and the hill of knowledge.

Referencing the “Dunning-Kruger Effect”, Damian explained the difference between the three stages:

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