2012 Global Coaching Study Final Report.pdf


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Introduction
This report presents the findings from the 2012 ICF Global Coaching
Study. The study was commissioned by the International Coach Federation
(ICF).
Founded in 1995, the ICF is dedicated to advancing the coaching
profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification
and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF is a
global organization, with a membership comprising more than 20,000
professional personal and business coaches located in over 100 countries.
The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking
and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and
professional potential.
In late 2006, the ICF commissioned its first ever global industry study in
order to provide a baseline picture of the profession; to identify what
coaches saw as the major challenges they face; and to estimate the size of
the profession. When the benchmark Final Report was ultimately
released, the 2007 ICF Global Coaching Study included responses from
5,415 coaches living in 73 different countries - among them were more
than 1,500 non-ICF member coaches .
The world has changed considerably in the period since the 2007 study.
Following a sharp slowdown in 2008, global output fell in 2009 and
subsequent economic recovery has been tentative. Nonetheless, the
coaching profession would appear to have continued to expand; ICF
membership numbers grew from around 11,000 in 2006 to almost 19,000
by the end of 2011.