Coaching Definition & Code of Ethics

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As an Certified Coach of the International Coach Federation (ICF), I am committed to respecting the Federation’s Code of Ethics.

ICF is committed to promoting and maintaining excellence in coaching. ICF expects from all its members and accredited coaches to respect its ethical principles : to be competent and to integrate ICF’s core competences with efficiency in their missions.

ICF’s Code of Ethics is designed to provide guidance, responsibilities and standards of conduct relevant to all ICF members and accreditation holders.

ICF's definition of coaching

Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Coaching helps clients to define and take action toward the realization of their visions, goals or desires.

Professional coaching uses a process of inquiry and personal discovery to build the client’s level of awareness and responsibility and provides the client with structure, support and feedback. The coaching process helps clients both define and achieve professional and personal goals faster and with more ease than would be possible otherwise.

In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation, while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action.

Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice.

Coaching concentrates on where clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future.

Coaches recognize that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and application of the coaching process.

ICF's Code of Ethics

You can click here should you wish to consult ICF’s code of ethics 2021 .pdf version : ICF-Code-of-Ethics-2021.pdf

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