I recently returned from the launch in Los Angeles of National Arts Strategies’ inaugural leadership coaching cohort. Over the next 12 months, I’ll be learning alongside 20 seasoned arts and culture leaders who are committed to co-creating a community of practice that supports change at individual, organizational and systemic levels. Our learning approach involves taking a deep dive into the core coaching competencies as defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. In October 2019, ICF announced an updated model of 8 core coaching competencies based on a 24-month analysis of coaching practice with input from 1300 coaches across the world.
As coaches, we partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process designed to inspire and maximize personal and professional potential. Opportunities to adopt a coaching stance abound—whether in formal client/coach relationships or when supervising employees or supporting our children. Below is a list of the ICF core coaching competencies with a bit of description.
How does a coaching stance show up in your work and life? Which of these core coaching competencies are most familiar to you? Which are you less attentive to?
I look forward to sharing more about what I discover through my year-long collective journey about how a culture of coaching can enable transformation at the level of the part (individuals), the whole (organizations), and the greater whole (social systems).
About the Author: Wendy C. Morris is an internationally recognized facilitator of learning and leadership development who collaborates with global networks for change including the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, the Art of Hosting network and Presencing Institute. Wendy is dedicated to setting conditions for an equitable, creative and thriving future by transforming mindsets, developing changemakers and elevating organizations. Her work is informed by 19,000 hours of mindfulness/embodiment training, and has been recognized by 25+ awards in leadership, artmaking, and interdisciplinary practice.