ICF (the International Coach Federation) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Most of us in the modern, developed world have a buffet of life paths from which to choose. Figuring out which one will best suit us, satisfy our needs, utilize our strengths so we can be contributors in the world, and allow us to live joyfully, can be a daunting task when undertaken alone. And on the occasion that a course correction is necessary, we can feel lost.
As Life Coaches, we hold every client as creative, resourceful and whole, and believe that the client is the expert in his or her own life. Per the ICF, it is the coach’s responsibility to:
• Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
• Encourage client self-discovery
• Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
• Hold the client responsible and accountable
This is typically done in an hour-long session, over the phone, and results in such benefits as were discussed in my prior post, Life Coaching: The Benefits.
Because of this client-centered approach, it is not necessary for a coach to be an expert in any given industry–the client is the expert. Also, our clients leave a coaching session with a better understanding of what their next steps are, and a greater sense of commitment to taking them.
Next time, we will discuss the anatomy of a one-on-one coaching session.
– Coach Jamie –