A critical skill for every coach and people leader, active listening is a difficult skill to master. For coaches and people in leadership positions, active listening is an important skill to build trust because it makes the other person feel truly heard and valued.
This resonates a lot.
Inspired by Claire Pedrick's "Simplifying coaching" book, I have written a short article on how to do less for coaches. It touches some of the points you made.
In short, this is what can help a coach to do less (and achieve more):
1. Just listen
2. Relax your own striving
3. Work less than your client
4. Take a stand of now knowing
5. Drop your agenda
6. Keep the right question in mind