The personal life coaching ethics and standards

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The personal life coaching ethics and standards
The modern lifestyles have resulted in people requiring guidance to cope up with their day-
to-day activities and their life problems. A personal life coach as such is a person who
provides solutions for any given challenge that helps a person or the client what he or she
wants to determine the steps they need to take to get it. Life coaching helps a person to
keep an eye on their activities and what they are doing is so important so that one can
maintain their focus until they achieve their goals or objectives.
Coaches as such work in a variety of specializations to help their clients. These coaches may
come in different designations or titles such as spiritual life coach, personal life coach,
Holistic health coach, addiction counseling coach etc. Even though these coaches may
use an array of titles, each coach measures their progress differently and their achievement
is always measured by the progress made by their respective clients. There is now a
plethora of coaching services with some estimates suggesting that there are more than
10,000 self-declared coaches working as practitioners in the United States. The majority of
these coaches is providing exceptional services and is making a positive difference with their
client companies and individual to the lives of those they coach.
However, there is a consensus among people that coaches that include personal life coach
should have certain rules, ethics and standards. As any absence of such rules may result in
coaching becoming a passing fad and the potential of coaching as a new and empowering
epitome for individuals, organizations may be lost with the passage of time. That is why
some of the associations such as the International Association of Coaching or IAC have
developed international standards for coaching certification. These standards have resulted
in the IAC providing certification to its members that embrace the universal guidelines,
proficiencies, standards and principles that goes beyond just academic or vocational
The IAC also undertook the task of evolving the coaching standards to include the global
perspectives into account. The general standards prescribed for a personal life coach by
associations and organizations include the applicability of Code of Ethics that consists of a
series of statements that prescribe maximum standards of practice to be observed by its
members. This code is intended to be observed in the spirit and not merely by the word.
Some of these codes and standards may include rules pertaining to the coaching
relationship with their clients, colleagues, and others with whom they conduct business,

rules that are framed to protect the confidentiality and privacy of the clients, customers or
other institutions that hire the services of personal life coach. Each of the
associations/organizations providing the services of coaching has their own set of standards
and ethics that helps in guiding both the practicing coaches and their clients.