As a life coach, I get questioned from time to time about what life coaching is really like. So, as a member of the International Coaches Federation, I’d like to share with you the Competencies and Code of Ethics I strive to achieve during each coaching season. Click here to read the Competencies.
Coaching Code of Ethics
As a professional coach, I acknowledge and agree to honor my ethical obligations to my coaching clients and colleagues and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct, to great people with dignity as independent and equal human beings, and to model these standards with those whom I coach. If I breach this Pledge of Ethics or any ICF Standards of Ethical Conduct, I agree that the ICF in its sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing. I further agree that my accountability to the ICF for any breach may include loss of my ICF membership or my ICF credentialing.
I will conduct myself in a manner that reflects well on coaching as a profession and I will refrain from doing anything that harms the public’s understanding or acceptance of coaching as a profession.
I will accurately identify my level of coaching competence; and I will not overstate my qualifications, expertise or experience as a coach.
I will ensure that my coaching client understands the nature of coaching and the terms of the coaching agreement between us.
I will not intentionally mislead or make false claims about what my clients will receive from the coaching process or from me as their coach.
I will respect the confidentiality of my client’s information, except as otherwise authorized by my client, or as required by law.
I will obtain informed permission from each of my clients before releasing their names as clients or references or any other client identifying information.
I will be alert to noticing when my client is no longer benefiting from our coaching relationship and would be better served by another coach or by another resource and, at the time, I will encourage my client to make that change.
I will seek to avoid conflicts between my interests and the interests of my clients.
Whenever any actual conflict of interest or the potential for a conflict of interest arises, I will openly disclose it and fully discuss with my client how to deal with it in whatever way best serves my client.
I will disclose to my client all anticipated compensation from third parties that I may receive for referral or advice concerning that client.
I will honor agreements I make in my coaching relationships, and construct clear agreements that may include confidentiality, progress reports, and other particulars. I will obtain the express consent of the person being coached before releasing information to another person compensating me.
I will not give my clients or any prospective clients information or advice I know to be misleading or beyond my competence.
I will respect and honor the efforts and contributions of others.
I will respect the creative and written work of others in developing my own materials.
I will use ICF member contact information (email addresses, telephone numbers, etc.) only in the manner and to the extent authorized by the ICF.
You may be ready for a coaching season, either with me or another coach. If you’re serious about going deeper and further in your ministry leadership, coaching may be for you. If you’re tired of the same old thing and deeply desire full engagement, maximum performance, and sustained health, coaching may be for you.
Have a free coaching session on me, just to see what it’s actually like.