The International Coach Federation, the gold standard of the coaching profession, defines coaching as follows.
COACHING is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
ICF Headquarters – What is Coaching?
Through the process of coaching, clients
- Deepen their learning
- Improve their performance
- Enhance their quality of life
COACHING focuses on
- Determining where clients currently are
- Setting goals
- Creating outcomes
- Managing personal change to get where they want to be in the future
It is NOT therapy, consulting, mentoring or training.