Today it’s time to put a bit of clarity into what coaching actually is. I think the best source to tap into is the ICF (International Coach Federation). Let’s look what they say about coaching:
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.(1)
I think this definition is something that’s really touching the center of the coaching as profession. I especially appreciate some of the words, which give me meaning to work on becoming coach.
PARTNERING means that coaching isn’t something where you are on the receiving end and coach is on the giving end. It’s a mutual relationship which will not work without both sides covering their responsibilities.
HONORING CLIENT AS AN EXPERT ON HIS LIFE actually means, that coach isn’t going to give you any kind of advise, because he / she is not entitled to play an expert on you and your life story. He’s solely there to walk with you through the discovery process and help you.
The ICF definition continues:
Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
Encourage client self-discovery
Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.(1)
In my opinion, the defined COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES quite clearly tell what he shall be doing in the process – clarify the goal, help the personal discovery, work with the generated solutions of client and make him accountable throughout the coaching relationship.
You can find a bit more about coaching here.
What do you think of coaching?