Hi, Cherie’s here,

Navigating the coaching landscape can be complex, but the ICF Core Competency Model offers a beacon of clarity. It’s not just a set of guidelines; it’s the backbone of effective coaching. Let’s break down this model into four key pillars that every coach should embody to foster excellence in their practice.

1. Foundation: Ethical Practice and Coaching Mindset

The journey begins with a strong ethical foundation and a coaching mindset. Adhering to ICF’s ethical standards ensures integrity, while a growth-oriented mindset fosters a space for continuous personal and client development. This pillar is about being present, curious, and flexible, laying the groundwork for all coaching interactions.

2. Co-Creating the Relationship

Trust and mutual respect are the cornerstones of any coaching relationship. This pillar emphasizes the importance of clear agreements, a supportive environment, and a coach’s presence that encourages clients to open up and explore their potential. Establishing this connection is vital for effective coaching outcomes.


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3. Communicating Effectively

Active listening and evoking awareness are at the heart of this pillar. It’s about understanding the client’s perspective fully and facilitating their insight and learning. By mastering active listening and powerful questioning, coaches can unlock their clients’ inherent wisdom and guide them towards self-discovery and solution-finding.

4. Cultivating Learning and Growth

The ultimate aim of coaching is to facilitate client growth. This involves transforming insights into action and empowering clients to achieve their goals. This pillar focuses on strategies that coaches can use to encourage clients to step out of their comfort zones, embrace challenges, and pursue their aspirations.

Incorporating these four pillars into your coaching practice can transform the way you engage with clients. From my own experience, weaving together ethical practice, effective communication, and a focus on growth has enriched my coaching sessions. These principles not only support client development but also contribute to a fulfilling coaching career.

As we strive to embody these competencies, we not only uplift our clients but also elevate the coaching profession as a whole. It’s about making a difference, one coaching session at a time.

Until next time, Cherie 💚