Benefits of Coaching

Professional coaching brings many wonderful benefits: fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. And, the list does not end there. Those who undertake coaching also can expect appreciable improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals.

Increased Productivity

Professional coaching maximizes potential and, therefore, unlocks latent sources of productivity.

Positive People

Building the self-confidence of employees to face challenges is critical in meeting organizational demands.

Return on Investment

Coaching generates learning and clarity for forward action with a commitment to measurable outcomes.The vast majority of companies (86%) say they at least made their investment back.

Satisfied Clients

Virtually all companies and individuals who hire a coach are satisfied.

More information on benefits of coaching can be found in the ICF Research Portal, including case studies and industry reports.

Source: ICF Global Coaching Client Study was commissioned by the ICF but conducted independently by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

What value do ICF credentialed coaches deliver to leaders?

ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires leaders to maximize their personal and professional potential. As an effective coach, our job is to forge a relationship and create a space where a client can explore new perspectives and change behaviors. A coaching credential, cannot promise chemistry between a coach and a leader but it is an assurance of professional coaching and delivering the following value proposition.

Develop a coaching contract
ICF Credentialed Coaches are bound to articulate professional service agreements and develop a resultsoriented partnership with their clients. We mutually agree to a coaching engagement to establish a healthy working relationship between leader and coach by defining the goal and the responsibilities of both parties for success.

Guarantee confidentiality and integrity
ICF Credentialed Coaches uphold professional standards and pledge commitment to the ICF Code of Ethics. We ensure leaders that we conduct coaching professionally and we disclose any conflicts of interest. We maintain privacy and confidentiality to create an environment conducive to deeper conversations.

Enable client generated solutions
ICF Credentialed Coaches adhere to the definition of coaching as a client-centric practice. We work from the leaders’ agenda to address their challenges and facilitate a process whereby clients generate solutions for themselves.

Facilitate learning and results
ICF Credentialed Coaches undergo an evidence-based assessment of our ability to deliver to ICF Core Competences. We use an effective methodology to achieve outcomes in every intervention by allowing leaders to acquire awareness, to broaden perspectives, and to design relevant actions.

Share state-of-the-art practices
ICF Credentialed Coaches commit to on-going professional development and receive mentoring to maintain our credentials. We stay current of coaching developments and continuously enhance our practice with new knowledge, tools and ICF thought-leading research resources.

Every leader needs a coach.
Make sure yours is ICF credentialed. 


Engaging a Coach

The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

Professional coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals and organizations improve their performances and achieve extraordinary results. Professional coaches work with clients in all areas, including business, career, finances, health and relationships. As a result of professional coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths.

About Credentials:

Coaches listed here are professional coaches who have been credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF). They have met ICF’s stringent requirements of coaching.

  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC):
    minimum 60 hours of Coach-specific Training; minimum 100 hours of coaching experience; coached by a mentor coach

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC):
    minimum 125 hours of Coach-specific Training; minimum 500 hours of coaching experience; coached by a mentor coach

  • Master Certified Coach (MCC):
    minimum 200 hours of Coach-specific Training; minimum 2,500 hours of coaching experience; coached by a mentor coach


ICF Global Members

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