The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.
Coaching is a distinct service and differs greatly from :
Individuals who engage in a coaching relationship can expect to experience fresh perspectives on personal challenges and opportunities, enhanced thinking and decision-making skills, enhanced interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence in carrying out their chosen work and life roles.
Professional Coaching results in increased productivity, positive people and has a huge return on investment.
Data taken from the 2009 ICF Global Coaching Client Study.
Why Coaching Works infographic by swrightcreative.
Core Coaching Competencies
The Eleven Core Coaching Competencies were developed to support greater understanding about the skills and approaches used within today's coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation. These competencies and the ICF definition were also used as the foundation for the ICF Credentialing process examination.