Mentor Coaching focuses on the development of coaching skills. The mentor coach observes or listens, assesses and provides feedback often in the service of gaining a coach accreditation.
In setting high global standards for professional coaching, the ICF’s credentialing system requires each applicant to partner with a Mentor Coach. Mentor Coaches focus on applicants’ coaching skills, rather than coaching them on practice building, life balance or other topics [ICF – The Heart and Soul of a Mentor Coach]. Read more.
We also work with and understand the importance of applying a Code of Ethics. The ICF is committed to maintaining and promoting excellence in coaching. Therefore, ICF expects all members and credentialed coaches (coaches, coach mentors, coaching supervisors, coach trainers or students), to adhere to the elements and principles of ethical conduct: to be competent and integrate ICF Core Competencies effectively in their work.
In line with the ICF core values and ICF definition of coaching, the Code of Ethics is designed to provide appropriate guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders, who commit to abiding by the following ICF Code of Ethics:
The following eleven core coaching competencies were developed to support greater understanding about the skills and approaches used within today’s coaching profession as defined by the International Coach Federation. They will also support you in calibrating the level of alignment between the coach-specific training expected and the training you have experienced. Read the core competencies here
The following are useful resources to consider the core competencies further. I’d like to give my personal thanks to Clare Norman ICF PCC for being willing to share these so openly.