As is true in all professions, having and being accountable to a Code of Ethics is essential. A code of ethics provides the code of conduct for how coaches treat their clients and manage their work.
About the Coaching Code of Ethics:
- Most businesses and professions have a code of ethics, so for many, it seems a basic necessity.
- Currently, coaching is an uncontrolled profession, and many untrained “coaches” are unaware of ethics.
- Think about and discuss ethics in advance to develop an understanding of boundaries and for handling situations.
- Coach training on ethics and accountability to ethics through the International Coach Federations demonstrates professionalism and supports quality.
Ethics are Important Because:
- Ethics provide a foundation for the coaching relationship.
- Ethics protect the client.
- Ethics protect the coach.
- Ethics guide the coaching process.
- Ethical accountability is essential.
- Quality coach-specific training reviews the ICF Code of Ethics and discusses possible ethical dilemmas.
- Each coach is called on to study the code of ethics and think through what is important to the client, coach, and profession.
- Actively participate with other professional coaches and seek to continuously learn.
- Use the Code of Ethics as the foundation of your coaching.
- Publicize your code of ethics.
- Support and promote ethics in the coaching industry.
The ICF Code of Ethics is available online and all members of the ICF are held accountable.