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The 2016 Coaching ICF Coaching Study

The 2016 Global Coaching Study uses information and insights from more than 15,000 professional coach practitioners and managers and leaders who use coaching skills to provide an up-to-date picture of coaching today.
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Here are some highlights from the study:

  • There are currently approximately 53,300 coach practitioners worldwide.
  • More than two in three coach practitioners (68 percent) have completed 125-plus hours of coach-specific training, along with 42 percent of managers/leaders using coaching skills.
  • A little over one in two (51 percent) coach practitioners and more than one in four managers/leaders (26 percent) said they hold an ICF Credential.
  • When asked to identify the biggest obstacle for coaching over the next 12 months, the main concern expressed by both coach practitioners (44 percent) and managers/leaders using coaching skills (45 percent) was untrained individuals who call themselves coaches.
  • Both coach practitioners and managers/leaders identified the greatest opportunity for coaching over the next 12 months as an increased awareness of the benefits of coaching.
  • Across the range of business/practice indicators, active coach practitioners are looking forward to the next 12 months with confidence, anticipating a continued growth in demand for coaching services.
  • More than one in two coach practitioners (51percent) indicated that coaching to a large extent is able to influence social change (49 percent of managers/leaders using coaching skills agree).

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