The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative processthat inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching honors theclient as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful,and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
• Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve;
• Encourage client self-discovery;
• Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies; and
• Hold the client responsible and accountable.
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual clientneeds. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client isnaturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and
creativity that the client already has.