The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as follows.
Professional Coaching is an ongoing professional relationship, partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Ultimately coaching helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, business or organizations. Through coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance and enhance their quality of life.
In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of conversation while the coach listens and contributes observations and questions. This interaction creates clarity and moves the client into action.
Coaching accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where the clients are now and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be in the future, recognising that results are a matter of the client’s intentions, choices and actions, supported by the coach’s efforts and applications of the coaching process.