The International Coach Federation, ICF, defines Coaching, a Coaching Relationship, and also an ICF Professional Coach in the definitions provided at the start of the Code of Ethics. All the definitions and the full Code of Ethics are on their website – click here.
Different types of coaching are described in large buckets. The bucket areas include Education, Career, Life, Health and Wellness, Business, and Executive coaching. Executive Coaching includes all of the niche areas focused on working with people in large companies or corporations.
What is Executive Coaching? Executive Coaching is a partnership between a professionally trained and experienced coach and the coachee where the coach serves as a sounding board, expanding thinking, supporting strategizing, refining goals, detailing action plans, ensuring implementation, and honoring successes. An Executive Coach works with the client to develop specific skills and to create meaningful change.
What is an Executive Coach? It is significant to note that some coaches are trained and unfortunately others eschew training so it is incumbant on the client or sponsor to ensure due diligence and verify coach training and coaching certification. The Executive Coach is ideally trained in a quality program, a member of the International Coach Federation, plus has the education and related experience appropriate for the individual coachee.
What is the Executive Coaching Relationship? A coaching relationship exists when there is a signed agreement for coaching. Typically the coach has a Master Service Agreement and Statement of Work in place with the sponsor (the company paying for the coaching) plus a coaching agreement with the client (the actual coachee).