1st Edition

The Ethical Coaches’ Handbook A Guide to Developing Ethical Maturity in Practice

    520 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    520 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What does it mean to be ethical as a coach? Just how ethical are you? How does ethics influence your coaching and how do you know if you are engaging in ethical practice? This important and eye-opening volume provides critical insight from the thought leaders in coaching across a full range of ethical issues.

    Presented in four parts, this new handbook works to guide the reader towards ethical maturity to strengthen their practice, though examination of theory and thought provoking practice examples. Part 1, Foundations of Ethics in Coaching, provides a detailed overview of the basic principles of ethical coaching. Part 2, Ethics in Coaching Practice, details specific examples of where you will need to think ethically and be guided by good ethics within your practice. Part 3, Pushing the Boundaries of Ethical Thinking in Coaching, dives deeper into topics such as race, managing mental health, the environment and marketing. Part 4 consists of twelve case studies which encourage you to think about putting the theory of the book into practice.

    The Ethical Coaches’ Handbook will provide ideal support to students, practitioners and coach educators looking to deepen, broaden and enhance their ethical coaching practice.

    Part One: Foundations of ethics in coaching

    1. Ethical coaching and its relationships

    Wendy-Ann Smith & Carrie Arnold

    2. What is ethics and how does it apply to coaching?

    Pauline Fatien and David Clutterbuck

    3. Ethics and the professional coaching bodies

    Bob Garvey & Paul Stokes

    4. Exploring ethical codes

    Paul Stokes, Angela Hill, Kristin Kelly

    5. Ethical decision-making frameworks

    Jonathan Passmore & Jule Deges

    6. What might be an evidence base for coaching - ethical issues

    David Lane and Sarah Corrie

    7. Legal considerations of ethical decision making in coaching

    Kevin Rogers

    Part Two: Ethics in coaching practice

    8. The psychological contract in coaching

    Pam McLean

    9. Supervision ethics

    Julie Allan & Lise Lewis

    10. Ethics in team coaching

    Peter Hawkins & Catherine Carr

    11. Ethical issues in note taking and record keeping in coaching

    Christiana Iordanou, Rachel Hawley, Ioanna Iordanou

    12. Ethics in using psychometrics in coaching

    Catherine Steele

    13. Ethics in mental health and suicide management in coaching

    Rosie Evans-Krimme and Jonathan Passmore

    14. Ethics of multi-party contracting in coaching

    Yi-Ling Lai & Eve Turner

    15. Ethics in transnational assignments in coaching

    Philippe Rosinski & Liz Pavese

    Part Three: Pushing the boundaries of conventional ethical thinking in coaching

    16. Positive ethical practice for coaching excellence and wellbeing

    Annalise Roache, Aaron Jarden, Tayyab Rashid & Tim Lomas

    17. Ethics in education and the development of coaches

    Bob Garvey & Andrea Giraldez-Hayes

    18. Ethics, wisdom and adult development in coaching

    Sarah Smith and Roger Bretherton

    19. Ethics and culture in coaching - moving beyond a universal western ethical code

    David A Lane, Dumisani Magadlela, Ivan Yong Wei Kit & Silvina Spiegel

    20. Race: Ethical Perspectives on Equity-based Coaching

    Terrance Maltbia & David Prior

    21. An ethical exit strategy for dealing with incapacity and unexpected death

    David Lane & Eve Turner

    22. Ethics and the ecological environment in coaching: searching for a new paradigm

    Michael Cavanagh & Eve Turner

    23. Ethics and the digital environment in coaching

    Marc Bürgi, Mona Ashok & David Clutterbuck

    24. Ethical Considerations for the Use of Multisource Feedback in Coaching

    Angela M. Passarelli

    25. Choose me! Ethics in the promotion of coaching

    Francine Campone

    Part Four: Case studies

    26. A series of 12 case studies for coach reflection and discussion

    Case Study 1: Intimacy in the Coaching Engagement

    Kristin Kelly

    Case Study 2: Ethical dilemmas faced by postgraduate level teachers of coaching

    Alexandra Morgan

    Case Study 3: Coaching: Developmental tool or organisational status quo?

    Stephen Gresty & Eric Mellet

    Case Study 4: Where are the loyalties in the executive coaching relationship?

    Stephen Murphy

    Case Study 5: Influence of the boss in a hierarchical culture

    Ng Phek Yen

    Case Study 6: Ethical challenges across cultures in team coaching

    Ng Phek Yen

    Case Study 7: Ethical dilemmas with recording coaching sessions

    Eve Turner

    Case Study 8: Ethics and the internal coach

    Katharine St John-Brooks

    Case Study 9: Emotional Entanglement in the Coaching Engagement

    Lisa Sansom

    Case Study 10: Widening the lens of the RECording button

    Hellen Hettinga

    Case Study 11: Coach Qualification Representation

    Lisa Sansom

    Case Study 12: Diversity Blind Spots, Token Inclusion and Unspoken Biases in a Coaching Panel

    Dumisani Magadlela


    Wendy-Ann Smith is an independent Coaching Psychologist and Project Consultant. She is an editor of ‘Positive Psychology Coaching in the Workplace’ and co-founder of the Coaching Ethics Forum.

    Prof Jonathan Passmore is a professor of coaching at Henley Business School and Senior Vice President at CoachHub.

    Eve Turner's journey has encompassed classical music, journalism and senior leadership in the BBC, and she is now a multi-award-winning coach, supervisor, researcher and author, and an active volunteer in the profession

    Yi-Ling Lai (PhD, CPsychol), is a Lecturer in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London

    David Clutterbuck is one of the earliest pioneers of modern coaching and mentoring

    "This is a timely book for coaching practitioners concerned with the everyday ethical challenges posed by our work in an increasingly turbulent world. Far too often ethics in coaching is given a single chapter at the end of a coaching handbook. This book puts ethics at the core of coaching not only as a professional practice but also more broadly as a social practice with concomitant social, eco-systemic responsibilities. It fulfils its promise to move away from the normal view of professional ethics with its focus solely on decision making assuming instead ethics is more than doing. Rather it is about the development of ethical maturity as a way of being. It acknowledges that ethics, in the face of persistent injustices and climate emergency, must go beyond the Eurocentric perspective of the isolated individual ‘I’ to encompass the relational ethical awareness needed to navigate cultural difference, race, the ecological crisis and under-pinning power dynamics of domination, and privilege. Importantly it provides practical models and case studies to bring the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of ethics to life. This is a very welcome publication which pushes conventional boundaries of ethics in coaching practice."

    Charmaine Roche. Executive Coach, Accredited Coach Supervisor. PhD researcher, Leeds Beckett University

    "In a decade’s time, I envision the coaching profession will be as widely-respected as any other major industry.  A relentless focus on ethics is paramount to getting there. The Ethical Coaches’ Handbook is a vital step in that direction, featuring a vast compilation from many of the industry’s most respected thought leaders. Our field is grateful for this contribution!"

    Brian O. Underhill, Ph.D., PCC. Founder and CEO, CoachSource

    "A superb read and a much needed addition to the evidence-based literature on coaching! It is exciting to be part of the growth of coaching worldwide, but in order to be taken seriously as practitioners, coaches need to reflect, deepen and expand their knowledge of the ethical aspects of this fast-growing helping profession. That's why we need this book! With a wide range of essays on ethics in coaching -- technology, culture, team dynamics, feedback and more -- this book is a must-read for any coach who is committed to working ethically in an increasingly complex world. Bravo!"  

    Jeffrey W. Hull, PhD, BCC, Executive Director, Institute of Coaching, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate 

    "An exciting book for coaches offering a rich diversity of chapters in four sections. Ethical maturity as an integral aspect of professional development for coaches is finally being given the attention it deserves in this bumper guidebook, that offers a wealth of topics and perspectives around ethical thinking in all its complexity as a key part of everyday coaching practice. Chapters on offer include topics on ethical foundations and frameworks, chapters on ethical practices and the psychological contract within coaching, a fascinating variety of topics on ‘pushing the boundaries of conventional ethical thinking’ and a set of useful case studies. I recommend this as a practical resource for coaches at all stages of training and experience who are keen to advance their professionalism and coaching maturity."

    Dr Ceri M Sims. Centre for Positive Psychology, Director of Positive Minds Alliance Ltd

    "Ethics feeling increasing confusing in the quagmire of cultural relativism and woke self-righteous imposing one way of thinking on everyone. When coaching others, the confusion is contagious to our clients. This collection of essays help to clear the fog. It helps us do the right thing, for the right reason in the right way."

    Richard E. Boyatzis, PhD Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University. Author of best selling Primal Leadership and Helping People Change

    "Ethics is what defines coaching. Ethical practice is essential for a successful engagement between a coach and a client and other stakeholders. As it is more an art than a science. This guide is such a useful tool for coaches and clients alike and a fantastic addition to the coaching body of knowledge. With contributions from so many amazing coaches and scholars, this book is a "must read" for everyone engaged with coaching!"

    Magdalena Nowicka Mook. CEO, International Coaching Federation, United States

    "Coaches and Supervisors committed to reflective practice and their continuing development will welcome this book.The breadth of the inquiry both mirrors and supports the growing interest for a more considered approach to ethics as a profession and a more subtle ethical-intelligence as individual practitioners.Against the backdrop of the individual and societal challenges we face, how do we move beyond the guardrails of ethical codes to find new ways of being in question together?"

    Ant Mitchell Chair, APECS (Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision)

    "What’s beautiful and inspiring about Ethics in Coaching is that we learn that ethics are ever-present, like the air we breathe. Adapting a key passage: In our daily quest to draw out the good and right in our relationships, our behaviors become an active demonstration of our ethics – our moral values in action."

    Margaret Moore, MBA, Executive coach. Co-Founder & Chair, Institute of Coaching, Founder & CEO Wellcoaches Corporation

    "At a time when the world is facing increasing challenges, this book offers a roadmap for the ethical questions facing coaches."

    Dr David Drake, The Moment Institute 

    "The editors have brought together a broad range of experts from across the coaching field and beyond to create an authoritative and timely resource. I can see this book having a significant positive impact on the professionalism and ethics of coaching for decades to come."

    Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburg. Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology, Centre for Positive Psychology and Health. Dublin / Ireland 

    "With the rise in popularity of coaching as an intervention, especially after what the world has experienced in the last few years, it has become more important that coaching psychologists particularly get clearer about their ethics and values and boundaries. With many things getting more complex, it’s more critical to get clarity for oneself. This books serves as an important guide for practitioners, containing voices and thoughts from some of the leading thinkers in the area of coaching and coaching psychology. Highly recommended."

    Mongezi C Makhalima, PhD. Chartered Coach (ABCCCP), South Africa