ICF Global recently released their 2016 ICF Global Coaching Study with interesting results. ICF is a non-profit organization that provides accreditation for coaching training programs to ensure consistency in coach training programs and consistency among coaching professionals. ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who have met stringent education and experience requirements, and have demonstrated mastery of the coaching competencies.
The very last section in the Executive Summary really jumped out to us and is directly in line with JST’s mission. The question was:
“To what extent do you think coaching is able to influence social change?”
51% of coaches globally agreed that coaching can influence social change to a large extent. The most interesting and exciting point was the next graph that broke out responses by country. The numbers jumped to an amazing 68% of respondents in Latin America and the Caribbean agreeing that coaching has a large impact on social change. 66% of respondents in the Middle East and Africa also agreed. Also interesting was that North America had the lowest number in agreement with that statement (We have some work to do here, folks!)
Certainly, empowering students through coaching is a huge social change movement and it is exciting coaching growing worldwide across the board is invigorating! We have JST Grads spread across the world in over 25 countries and training courses offered in English, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. Cultural diversity is an important component of our training as we strive to promote cross-cultural acceptance, peace and understanding in ourselves and our students.
You can see the rest of the ICF Global Study here.
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