The Coaches of
Innovative Leadership International, LLC, are members of the International
Coaches Federation (ICF) and therefore adhere to the ICF's Definitions and
Ethical Guidelines for coaching.
Relationship and Contract
Conflicts of Interest
Referrals and Terminations
ICF Coaching Definitions:
- Coaches subscribe to
common philosophies, and pursue common objectives.
- Coaching helps
individuals and organizations to develop more rapidly and produce more
- Coaching focuses on the
goals the client chooses.
- Coaching is tailored to
the individual needs of the client.
- Coaching is
- Coaches, for the most
part, elicit solutions and strategies from the client.
- Coaches provide a fresh
- Coaches help their
clients to build on their natural strengths.
- Coaches believe that
the client is creative and resourceful.
- Coaches believe the
client is responsible for doing the work to achieve the results he or she
- Coaches look at how all
the parts of a person's life work together.
- The power of coaching
comes from the strength of the bond between coach and client.
ICF Ethical Guidelines:
Preamble: A coach
believes in the dignity and integrity of every human being and is committed to
eliciting the inherent capability and resourcefulness of every
individual. A coach pursues, through an interactive process, the
development of client-designed strategies and solutions which move the client
toward the rapid attainment of his goals. A Coach is respectful and
protective of the vulnerability of each client, while constructively holding
the client to a high standard of self-responsibility and accountability.
The Coach maintains an objectivity and competence where he claims it and
practices in the best interests of the client, the community, and
- Coaching Relationship and Contract
beginning of any coaching relationship, ICF Coaches will articulate the terms
of the Client/Coach relationship in a clear, written communication or
agreement. Such an agreement may be recordable by Web site, brochure,
e-mail, or a signed paper agreement. Terms of the Coach/Client agreement
will include the qualifications of the Coach; the nature of the services
available; limitations, boundaries, and perspectives of the Coach or the
services offered; a Statement of Client's Rights; and terms of the contract,
i.e. times, frequency, methods of communication, and fees for the Coaching
- Client Protection
The Client's well-being is the
central focus of a Coaching relationship and thereby obligates the Coach to
maintain a high level of integrity and trust-worthiness throughout the
contract. Therefore, Coaches are respectful of the Client's needs and
requests; constructive in their feedback; attentive to the boundaries and
limitations of each party; mindful of confidentiality issues and conflicts of
interest; forthright and authentic in addressing any such issues as they
emerge. The Coach will not, under any circumstances, take advantage of a
Client personally, socially, sexually, or financially. The Coach will
disclose any and all personal gain accrued by the Client/Coach relationship,
including but not limited to useful knowledge, personal growth, fees received
for referrals or recommendations made to and/or pursued by the Client.
The Coach will not only communicate, but will continuously demonstrate that the
intended outcome of an exchange of information, discussion, referral, or
recommendation is the Client's growth and well-being, not the promotion of the
The Coach will make every
effort to honor the Client's confidence, although the Coach cannot provide on
"a prior" guarantee. The Coach will advise the Client of circumstances
which might influence the Coach's objectivity or judgment, and any decision, or
factors relating to a decision to reveal the client's confidential information
to a higher authority. Clients will be apprised that their confidence is
not privileged under law and could be subpoenaed via the Coach. To the
extent that a Coach is uncomfortable holding a Client's confidence, the Coach
is advised to consult a mentor coach in an effort to jointly determine how best
to handle the situation. In rare cases, if the confidential information
is of an "outrageous", "illegal", or "dangerous-to-the-client or others"
nature, the Coach is obligated to consult a mentor coach, and/or an attorney,
in order to determine whether to notify authorities, with or without the
Client's consent. The Client is apprised and agrees that any materials
provided by the Coach may not be re-sold, published, or used outside the
coaching relationship without the explicit permission of the Coach.
- Conflicts of Interest
Any conflict of interest is
to be discussed and resolved with the Client's best interest in mind.
Whenever a conflict becomes apparent, the Coach is ethically obligated to
identify it and attempt to resolve it. If, during the coaching
relationship, the Coach cannot serve the Client objectively, respectfully, or
without internal or external conflict, the Coach is ethically obligated to
terminate the coaching agreement/contract. Such a termination provides
reasonable advance notice and a reasonable explanation of the conflict at the
center of the termination decision.
- Referrals and Terminations
Whenever internal or
external conditions arise which seem "uncoachable" or unworkable, the Coach is
ethically committed to reveal his observations and opinion to the Client.
The Coach will suggest a viable solution(s) to the problem, making every effort
to avoid injury to the dignity of the Client. If the solution includes a
referral to another Coach, the referring Coach is ethically committed to refer
to three (3) more suitable Coaches, one (1) of which may be the ICF Referral
Service. If the Coach's suggested solution includes termination without
referral, or postponement of the coaching contract until a more suitable time,
the Coach is ethically committed to a clear explanation of the rationale
underlying the recommendation.
- Ethical Violations
If a Coach knowingly,
consistently, or outrageously breaches the Ethical Guidelines of the ICF, the
Coach will be asked to work with a mentor Coach and/or be expelled from the ICF
association. A Coach who receives a reprimand by the ICF is encouraged to
train with a mentor Coach for a period of months (length of time to be
determined by ICF board) until the essence of the complaint is corrected.
Expulsion from ICF will mean that the Coach will no longer be authorized to
claim or use membership in the ICF nor represent previous membership in the ICF
as a competency claim. A reprimand leading to expulsion of a Coach from
the ICF constitutes a forfeiture of any pre-pad dues to the organization by the
Coach being expelled.
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