Are you aware that coaching, like many other respected professions, has a code of ethics and standards to guide their work? However, not all coaches commit to fulfilling their ethical and legal obligations to their clients, sponsors, colleagues, or the public.

SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU WHEN LOOKING FOR AN ADHD LIFE COACH?

Who developed the Code of Ethics for coaches? The International Coaching Federation (ICF) originated with just a few individuals over 25 years ago. The ICF now has over 45,000 members worldwide. These members include coaches, coach training organizations, and coach practitioners across various coaching disciplines. The ICF is now considered the largest organization of professionally trained coaches globally and is the primary advocate for the international coaching community.

THIS IS GREAT NEWS!

Whenever an ADHD Life Coach is trained and graduates from an accredited ICF program (like the iACTcenter), they pledge to fulfill their ethical duty, uphold the ICF Code of Ethics, and honour the privilege of partnering with their clients in a principled way. At its essence, the ICF ethical guidelines, standards, and practices direct how coaches represent the coaching profession and how they interact with and serve clients in their coaching practices. This means that an ADHD Life Coach who graduates from an ICF accredited training program not only represents themselves but also the entire coaching profession in all their professional coaching interactions.

ICF Professional Coaches who have chosen to serve and uphold the integrity of the ICF, its Code of Ethics, and the coaching profession as a whole have a responsibility not only to their clients but to their professional practice and a commitment to society. As coaches, we show up with transparency regarding our Code of Ethics, which supports us in cultivating and building strong foundations of trust and safety in our coaching partnerships. can be sure that each of these coaches feels personally privileged and honoured to be a part of such a high calling! 

AN ETHICALLY MATURE LIFE COACH RECOGNIZES WHO THEY ARE AS PEOPLE AND COACHES. 

Professional, ethically mature life coaches embrace self-awareness and growth about their strengths and areas for development. They constantly seek ways to improve and learn more and develop their coaching skills, competencies, mindset, presence, and impact in their coaching interactions. This includes being self-accountable for their personal, professional, and ethical development.

AN ETHICALLY MATURE LIFE COACH WORKS TOWARDS GOALS JUST LIKE YOU!

ICF Professional Coaches are called to more profound inner work that requires them to engage in strong self-reflection. They are encouraged to go beyond the hearing level and “be” with their clients, heart to heart. They need to explore, be curious, and discover what is true for themselves so they can be available to serve the people they partner with to the fullest.

Honouring ethical standards requires coaches to be courageous enough to look within and possibly not like what they see. There might even be resistance to what is uncovered. And yet, an ethically mature coach trusts that seeking a deeper understanding of themselves means that they can serve you, our client, from the “wholeness” and humanness of ourselves.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE AN ETHICALLY MATURE COACH? 

Coaches who dare pledge to the ICF code of ethics continually challenge themselves to become aware of how they can “be better” and “show up better” for you, our clients. It also requires a commitment to supporting other coaches in developing ethical practices. Ethically mature coaches aim to have a worldwide impact where they respect their clients, other coaches, professionals and our professional at every stage of the coaching journey. 

Valuing connection and a united coaching mindset, ethically mature coaches show up daily to do the hard work together, support one another, and move forward in their personal and professional growth and the development of the profession.  We have faith that everyone is courageously doing their best!

An Ethically Mature Life Coach has pledged a lifelong commitment to personal discovery, found only in the deep reflections with themselves. They show up every day, committed to doing what is right even when it’s hard. Living, coaching, and connecting in this way honours themselves and others as creative, resourceful, and whole, trusting “who we are” and committing daily to work on becoming “who we are called” to be.

Finally, an ethically mature ADHD Life Coach recognizes learning and growth as an asset, empowering them with the ability to empower others on their life’s journey.

Are you ready to find an ethically mature ADHD Life Coach? Check out these eight questions to ask when Hiring an ADHD Life Coach.

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