Last week I asked why you became a coach. Today I ask, “Why did you become an ICF Coach?” What does being an ICF Coach mean for you?
I received my certification from an ICF-qualified training organization in 2009, and my ICF-ACC credential in 2011 and ICF-PCC in 2015. I consider myself a newbie in this rising profession that helps bring positive change to people’s lives daily. The why I am a coach is founded in my awareness that everyone makes a difference, and coaching enables me to assist another make their difference.
Why am I an ICF Coach? Because coaching is a profession, a profession responsible for assisting human beings to be their authentic self, each and every day of their lives. Amazing, honorable work and one, as any profession that connects with a person’s vulnerability, could do harm if practiced by an untrained individual.
I chose to become an ICF Coach because ICF has existed almost from the emergence of coaching as a profession practiced by Thomas Leonard, ICF’s founder. It has a solid foundation in the Core Competencies that every ICF credentialed coach is to know, practice and continually improve upon. This sets us apart for all other coaches around the world, and brings us together in a community of like-minded practitioners who believe in the awesomeness of each person we encounter. And last, ICF provides for an important business aspect of coaching, that of Ethics and Regulations, which have been recently revised, along with a Program Complaint Process for that rare unfortunate incident between coach and client. (See Side Story)
As an ICF Coach we stand out and demonstrate an integrity and commitment to mastering the profession of coaching. As I asked for responses with the Strategic Plan (President’s Message-Part 1) and The Stories (President’s Message-Part 2), I would like to hear the WHY you are an ICF Coach.
As this year unfolds, please continue to share your ideas and thoughts with us how ICF New England can promote the value of an ICF Coach. And, most of all, please share how this year’s ICFNE leadership can help you be the best ICF Coach.
Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend. I hope to see many of you, September 21st, for our first event of the year, both in Maine and Westborough.
Maggie French, PCC
Chapter President 2015-2016