Coaching Choice Bites
What year was ICF formed? The association was formed in 1995. Local ICF Chapters started to form shortly thereafter and continue to open today.
Who started the ICF and why? The late Thomas Leonard founded the ICF for the purpose of creating a community for professional coaches. While member were primarily throughout North America at first, today members around the globe in over 100 countries.
What types of coaches join the ICF? ICF members specialize in a variety of coaching areas, including Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, Leadership Coaching, Relationship Coaching, Career Coaching, and more.
Do I have to have an ICF Credential to be a member? Coaches do not need to hold an ICF Credential to be a member, although ICF Credentials are recommended. ICF Credentialed members do have additional member benefits.
How does ICF define coaching? 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.
Who is in charge of the ICF? The ICF is a nonprofit membership organization. A global Board of Directors is elected by credentialed members to oversee the organization’s affairs and paid staff members follow the leadership’s direction and carry out day-to-day work.
Is there proof that coaching works? Yes! Please review the materials available in the ICF Research Portal as well as press releases on various research that the ICF has conducted in order to demonstrate return on investment.
How is coaching distinct from other service professions? Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management. In an effort to understand what a coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.