Code of Ethics
Introduction & Purpose:
As the world’s largest executive coaching organization, Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching is committed to cultivating and advancing the highest global standards of excellence in the field of coaching and leadership development. All Marshall Goldsmith Certified Executive Coaches are committed to upholding the specifics and the spirit of the Code of Ethics hereunder.
The Code of Ethics is aligned with the content and requirements of the Certification Agreement for Certified Coaches of Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to serve as a professional guide, and not as legal documents that detail a Coach’s DOs and DON’Ts .
As such, the Company expects all Coaches to uphold the standards of ethics and conduct, and to incorporate these into their work as an executive coach.
- Company: Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching
- Coach(es): Marshall Goldsmith Certified Executive Coaches
- Client(s): leaders, sponsors, employees, companies, affiliates
- Code: Code of Ethics
- Conduct myself in a manner that is consistent with the Code and local/national laws, and act accordingly in all professional and business interactions with the Company, Clients, prospective Clients, and other Coaches.
- Not engage in any behavior or action that will discredit the executive coaching profession.
- Not allow bias or undue influence to override my judgement.
- Fully and entirely inform prospective Clients and current Clients of the coaching contract (terms and conditions) prior to the first coaching session, which includes coaching fees, payment terms, engagement duration, confidentiality, and cancellation policy.
- Be forthright and readily respond to a Client’s request for clarity and information regarding the Stakeholder Centered Coaching process prior to the signing of the coaching contract and during any stage of an engagement.
- Respect a Client’s right to end a coaching relationship during an engagement, subject to the terms and conditions of the coaching contract, and immediately report this back to the Company upon first mention from the Client.
- Notify the Company if it is apparent that the coachee would benefit more from the services of another coach or another form of professional help.
- Create and maintain clear boundaries of physical contact (other than culturally appropriate) and abstain from any romantic or intimate personal relations with current Clients.
- Respect and be sensitive towards matters concerning culture, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, and disability, among others.
- Accurately represent my experience, expertise, certifications, accreditations, qualifications, training, and the coaching profession as a whole.
- Not engage in any behavior to mislead or deceive others, such as making false verbal/written statements, withholding material information, giving information out of context, and stating half-truths, among others.
- Refrain from taking part in dishonest behavior designed for personal gain at the expense of another party
- Honor and recognize the contributions, intellectual property and works of others and not represent them as my own in any setting.
- In communication with any party, I will accurately and honestly represent the value that I bring to the table.
- Act within local/national laws and not in any way take part in behavior that is deemed unprofessional, illegal, or discriminatory.
- Maintain the strictest standard of confidentiality in my work with the Company, Clients, prospective Clients, and other Coaches in a manner that protects such information from unauthorized disclosure.
- Remain vigilant in the protection of the confidentiality rights of the Company and Clients, and will not discuss any confidential information with any third parties.
- Discuss and/or disclose confidential information only upon a clear agreement, contract, or written approval from the party in question before releasing to another person(s).
Conflict of interest
- Seek to avoid any and all conflicts of interest and potential conflicts of interest related to the Company and the Client
- Timely disclose to the Company any conflict of interest (potential and actual), and will remove myself from the situation when such a conflict of interest develops.
- Not exploit or seek to gain an inappropriate financial or non-financial personal gain from my relationship with the Company and Clients.
- Disclose and discuss with the Company any ethical dilemmas and potential, or actual, breaches of this Code.