|Who is ICF?|
Who is The International Coach Federation?
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. ICF envisions a future in which coaching will be an integral part of society and ICF members will represent the highest quality in professional coaching.
Founded in 1995, the ICF's core purpose is to advance the art, science, and practice of professional coaching. As the leading global coaching organization, the ICF is working toward this goal by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches.
Today, the ICF is recognized around the world for:
The ICF operates according to a comprehensive strategic plan. This long-term plan was first prepared in 2007 by the ICF Board of Directors in partnership with our members, our global leadership teams, staff, and an association expert. Included in this plan are ICF's Core Values:
Preamble: We are committed to reliability, openness, acceptance, and congruence, and consider all parts of the ICF community mutually accountable to uphold the following values:
Integrity: We uphold the highest standards both for the coaching profession and our organization.
Excellence: We set and demonstrate standards of excellence for professional coaching quality, qualification, and competence.
Collaboration: We value the social connection and community building that occurs through collaborative partnership and co-created achievement.
Respect: We are inclusive and value the diversity and richness of our global stakeholders. We put people first, without compromising standards, policies, and quality.
ICF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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.
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 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.
|09/14/13 -||CLARITY WORKSHOP - SHIFT To Above The Line Positive Thinking|
|06/19/13 -||CORE COMPETENCY CALL - Planning and Goal Setting|
|06/13/13 -||Schaumburg Community Coach Café - Mastermind Group|
|06/11/13 -||Geneva Community Coach Café - Mastermind Group|
|06/10/13 -||JUNE CHAPTER MEETING - VIRTUAL MEETING With Cathy and Gary Hawks|
|05/21/13 -||North Shore Community Coach Café - Mastermind Group|
|05/20/13 -||Lincoln Park Community Coach Café - Mastermind Group|