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The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

This involves facilitating self-determining and self-directed change, through actions such as but not limited to:

  • Assisting clients in identifying what they want and finding path to get it
  • Points out choices, help clients make conscious decisions
  • Facilitate goal setting, behavioral change
  • Provide accountability
  • Promotes individual responsibility

A professional coaching relationship exists when coaching includes a business agreement or contract that defines the responsibilities of each party.

An ICF Professional Coach agrees to practice the ICF Professional Core Competencies and pledges accountability to the ICF Code of Ethics.

Download this Coaching 101 PDF to learn more!