Coaching is a bonafide, paid profession.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) started in the early 1990’s by setting up core competencies and a code of ethics for the coaching profession. They also defined a standard core curriculum to ensure consistency in coach training. Please read the ICF history for a complete history.
Below are three definitions of Coaching. To learn more about what coaching is, please refer to the Professional Coaching FAQs on ICF’s website. Some examples of coaches include executive coaches, life coaches, corporate coaches, and yes, even meditation and spiritual coaches.
Definitions of Coaching
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."
In "The Heart of Coaching" by Thomas G. Crane, coaching is defined as "a health, positive and enabling process that develops the capacity of people to solve today's business problems. Touching people's spirits and rekindling what deeply matters to them is what coaching is al about."
In the "Co-Active Coaching" by Laura Whitworth and Henry Kimsey-House, coaching is defined as "a powerful relationship for people making important decisions in their lives. Coaching creates a context where people regularly work on the most important issues of their lives. Coaching functions on a process level to help people understand who and where they are in their lives."