Coaching credentials matter
Internal and external coaches in the near future will be expected to earn certifications from an independent, accredited credentialing body such as ICF. Already the U.S. government requires ICF certification in most of its calls for coaching proposals.
Corporate coaching managers have been busily weeding out self-proclaimed, uncredentialed leadership coaches who got their foot through the revolving glass door through C-suite connections. As one corporate coaching manager says, “You wouldn’t hire a plumber or lawyer who hadn’t received the proper training or certification. Why would you hire a non-credentialed coach?”
External supervision becomes the norm
The addition of coaching duties to managers’ and leaders’ jobs will increase demand for coaching supervision from a qualified outside provider (vs. the internal coaching program manager).
Internal coaches share widespread concern over their bosses either providing, or attending, coaching supervision sessions in which personal issues and concerns are shared. “You don’t want the person you report to being part of those conversations,” says one internal coach. “We need that safe, sacred space to explore issues in total confidence.”
Most observers agree that coaches who possess that rare combination of coach mentoring, training, and supervision skills – along with prior experience working as a full-time internal coach – will be in the best position to understand and meet the unique challenges of the internal coach.Download Article 500 Club