What is Coaching?
Coaching is a dynamic and evolving profession that sits at the intersection of human potential and practical achievement. It’s a role that requires empathy, insight, and a steadfast commitment to seeing others succeed, making it not just a career but a calling for many who pursue it.
The coaching profession is akin to being a trusted navigator in someone else’s expedition of self-discovery and achievement.
WHO ARE COACHES?
Coaches are the compasses that help individuals chart their course to personal or professional destinations they aspire to reach. It’s a journey often embarked upon with a goal in mind, whether that’s climbing the career ladder, enhancing personal relationships, achieving balance and wellness, or simply seeking a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.
At its core, coaching is about facilitating change. Unlike therapists or consultants who may dig into the past to heal or give expert advice for specific problems, coaches focus on the present and the future. They stand on the premise that clients are the experts in their own lives. Through powerful questioning, active listening, and strategic frameworks, coaches help clients unlock their potential. It’s like helping someone find the keys to a car they’ve always had but didn’t know how to drive.
Coaches come in various specialties, mirroring the myriad paths one might take in life. There are life coaches, executive coaches, health and wellness coaches, relationship coaches, performance coaches – the list goes on. Each niche addresses specific areas, but all share the common thread of aiming for improvement, growth, and goal achievement.
In practice, coaches employ a range of methodologies, from structured frameworks like SMART goals and the GROW model to more fluid, conversational techniques that adapt to the client’s needs. They create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where clients feel comfortable exploring their aspirations and challenges.
The profession isn’t just about the client’s transformation, though. Coaches themselves are often on a parallel journey of professional development. They engage in continuous learning, supervision, and peer feedback to refine their skills.
Is Coaching a Regulated Industry?
NO! It’s kind of like the Wild West – exciting, full of opportunity, but not really heavily regulated. The coaching industry is self-regulated. There is no official accreditation or governing body for the profession. However, organizations such as the International Coach Federation (ICF) set standards and serves as a benchmark of quality and ethics.
NO degrees or licenses are needed to become a certified coach. However, you should attend training to acquire proper knowledge about the industry. Also, training is essential to ensure that you are not practicing therapy or providing mental health services in the name of coaching.
There are many organizations that offer certifications (based on their curriculum). Some organizations offer on-demand (video) training and some offer a combination of on-demand and live contact hours. Again, because there is no legal or official governing body. Therefore, you can earn a certification from a Coach Training Program of your liking.
Is Buckingham Coaching Academy “approved” or “accredited” by ICF?
Although our director Dr. Dwayne Buckingham is an ICF Certitied Coach, Buckingham Coaching Academy is not approved or accredited by ICF.
We developed our curriculum to meet some ICF core standards because we believe in the importance of providing gold standard coaching training. However, we have not sought accredition from ICF because we are committed to ensuring that coaching certification is available to individuals from all walks of life and economic backgrounds.