Coaching Overview

What is coaching?

The International Coach Federation 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."

Coaching IS NOT therapy, consulting or mentoring, but has similarities with all of these helping-oriented relationships. We love the diagram pictured below to explain how coaching compares with other helping-oriented relationships.

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What is the role of the coach?

According to the International Coach Federation Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. 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