The ICF Code of Ethics

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icf logoBy Pete Liska

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics defines the relationship between a coach and a client, what the ICF expects of the coach, how to approach coaching, plus also indicates expected outcomes, or desired results from a coach/client session.   In Section 1 in the ICF Code of Ethics it is almost step-by-step of the expectations, desires, commitments, and foundation that the ICF expects of ICF member coaches.  ICF coaches following and adhering to these ethics and standards will enhance their business, as well as create a better client-coach relationship. When all coaches follow the same code of ethics for all clients, the underlying foundation of the coaching profession will be the same from coach to coach and client to client.  Ensuring consistency, that the foundation is the same for each and every coach and client, will also allow for a better coaching experience for clients and improved business for the coaches. It simply makes sense that all coaches learn and adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics in their work.

The ICF Code of Ethics is a well thought out and comprehensive set of definitions and standards covering from beginning to end.  It also shows the commitment of the ICF to the coaching profession as well as a commitment to coaching clients. The ICF requires all their member coaches to adhere to the Code of Ethics to enhance the coaching profession, coach conduct, and coach-client relationships.

All Center for Coaching Certification (CCC) coaching programs discuss and use the ICF Code of Ethics throughout the coach training classes.  The future coach will be well versed in this code with the hope and expectations that they will utilize the ICF Code of Ethics in their own coaching business.

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