This is the definition of a ‘professional coach’ from ICFNE.ORG (International Coach Federation of New England
A professional coach is a facilitator and a partner. A coach understands that you possess what it takes to achieve your goals yet you may lack the clarity, commitment and resolve to bring them about. Developing clarity is an essential step in achieving your goals. Many of us do not appreciate the value of clarity and are not aware of our full potential. Your coach grows with you while urging you to explore, question and act upon your goals and yes, when necessary, provides the nudging to keep you on track. Coaching is about making a commitment to your success; the decision is yours. You chart the course knowing that you have a supportive and willing navigation partner at your side; one who shares the same goals as you – your success!