The International Coach Federation

    Professional Coach, Thomas Leonard, started the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 1995 as a nonprofit organization for fellow coaches to support each other and grow the profession.  As it has evolved, the ICF continues to be dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines.  ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life Vision and Enhancement, Leadership, Relationship, and Career Coaching.  Its 31,000-plus members, of whom 26,000+ hold a credential, located in 140 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices.

    The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. ICF exists to lead the gloabl advancement of the coaching profession.  Its Mission is grounded in these Core Values.

    Today, the ICF is recognized around the world for: