Jonathan Passmore, Tracy Sinclair

Becoming a Coach



Incorporating the very latest standards and competencies in the field of coaching, Becoming a Coach sets out a wide range of coaching models and shows how they can be integrated and combined in order to provide the best possible service to clients.




Becoming a Coach

How can you become the best coach you can be? Becoming a Coach provides all the knowledge and inspiration needed to reflect on who you are, what you do, and how you can develop as a professional coach. Drawing on the newly revised ICF coach competence framework (published in December 2019) and up-to-date coaching research, the authors set out a wide range of contemporary coaching models and show how they can be integrated in order to deliver an evidence-based service to the very highest professional standards. Deepening readers’ understanding of core competences and broadening thinking on how to apply them in practice, Becoming a Coach is the is the only book to align directly with the most widely accepted and up-do-date professional coaching competencies. It is thus the perfect tool for any new coaching practice, and the ideal textbook for any coaching education programme.


Jonathan Passmore is Professor of Coaching and Behaviour Change at Henley Business School. He directs Henley’s Centre for Coaching, which delivers training to more than 300 graduate students per year, and previously designed the UK’s first Coaching Psychology degree programme at UEL. He has written or edited over thirty practitioner and academic books, and in 2019 was named the world’s #1 coach for leadership psychology at the Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Awards.

Tracy Sinclair is an Executive and Board Level Coach, leadership development designer/facilitator and public speaker. She is Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is a trained Coaching Supervisor, Mentor Coach and ICF Assessor. She was President of the UK ICF from 2013-2014 and has been an ICF Global Board Director since 2016.



ISBN: 9781912755950

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

Publication date: September 2020



1. The journey towards maturity
2. What is coaching?
3. Who am I?
4. Who are my clients

5. Introducing the ICF Core Competency Model
6. Demonstrates Ethical Practice
7. Embodies a Coaching Mindset
8. Establishes and Maintains Agreements
9. Cultivates Trust and Safety
10. Maintains Presence
11. Listens Actively
12. Evokes Awareness
13. Facilitates Client Growth

14. Universal Eclectic Coaching Approach
15. Behavioural Approach and GROW model
16. Humanistic approach and Time to Think model
17. Cognitive behavioural approach and ABCDEF model
18. Gestalt approach and Chairwork
19. Solution-focused approach and OSKAR model
20. Systemic approach and Force Field model
21. Psychodynamic Coaching and Transference
22. Integration

23. Ethical practice
24. Contracting with Clients
25. Taking and managing coaching notes
26. Maintaining presence through mindfulness

27. Personal development plans
28. CPD
29. Supervision
30. Reflective Practice
31. Mentor coaching
32. Coaching Knowledge Assessment
33. Progressing your coaching skills

34. Coaching Tools
35. Resources


The book is aimed at students on postgraduate coaching courses, especially those accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). It will also be useful for practitioners and trainees interested in a comprehensive introduction to the diverse array of contemporary coaching tools and models.


  1. Julie Flower, leadership coach, consultant and facilitator

    Becoming a Coach: The Essential ICF Guide provides an important and welcome contribution to the coaching literature, offering a practical and accessible handbook, whilst not compromising on theory and evidence. Coaching is a challenging profession to enter into, requiring ongoing development and integration of knowledge, skills and way of being. This book provides the most comprehensive and accessible guide I have found to making sense of that journey of development for the benefit of clients, whether you are seeking to gain an ICF credential or not.

  2. David Love – Executive coach, coach supervisor & mentor, coach developer

    Perpetual learning is a central theme of this book and Passmore and Sinclair apply themselves to both initial and on-going coach development. They have been creative in coming up with a fresh and invigorating approach to coach learning, extrapolating this into a coherent set of principles and practices for all of us in the coaching profession. Crucially, the authors focus on the mindset that enables core coaching skills to be deployed successfully – being open, curious, flexible and client-centred, with high levels of self-awareness so that we are have a good sense of who we are as coaches and what we bring to our work with clients.

    Becoming a Coach is, I believe, the first publication to address in detail the requirements of ICF credentialing through all the levels of that journey. Importantly, the authors describe how the ICF competencies inter-connect to form a coherent framework for coaching practice, rather than a linear, regimented set of “items to be ticked off”.

    Becoming a Coach provides comprehensive coverage of all the main aspects of the coaching field and will appeal to the novice and the experienced coach alike, with much to offer both. It is an invaluable guide to students enrolled on accredited coach qualification programmes and to coaches pursuing ICF credentialing.

  3. Karen Dean Master Certified Coach; Co-author Coaching Stories: Flowing and Falling of Being a Coach, Originator of me:my™coach online framework for coaches to self-monitor and Coaching Supervisor

    An impressively grounded, accessible, comprehensive resource for coaches at all levels of experience. The depth of understanding offered provokes insight, shares knowledge and yet leaves the space to be yourself as a coach.

  4. Shweta HandaGupta, MCC, Change Leadership Coach, QuadraBrain® Transformation Solutions, Global ICF Young Leader Award Recipient, 2018

    This is one of those rare books which has something for everyone. One of the most comprehensive guides to becoming a powerful coach which starts from the basics and takes us to the essentials of mastery.
    This book has embraced the complexity of coaching literature, approaches and tools. It has then structured and presented them in a fashion that brings together the chaos to a usable format. I can safely say that this book would offer a new idea, approach or perspective even to the most experienced of coaches.

  5. Dr. Laura L. Hauser, MCC, MCEC | Training Director, Team Coaching Operating System® | Faculty, Fielding Graduate University coaching program | Executive Officer,

    Whether you are becoming a coach, or are a seasoned coach supervisor, mentor, trainer, or educator, this book is your vital companion. The authors bring decades of experience and research into one powerful resource. Grounded in evidence-based models, plus tools, activities, reflective exercises and more, this book is a must-read!

  6. Hilary Oliver, PCC, ICF Global Board Chair 2017, Coach, Coach Supervisor, Mentor Coach and Coach Trainer

    I believe that this is the most up-to-date and practical guide for any coach (ICF or otherwise). It provides real, practical examples and offers in-depth understanding of the What, the Who, the How and the Why of coaching backed up with academic rigour. This is an outstanding resource for any coach no matter how skilled. The clarity and life Sinclair and Passmore bring to the competencies and approaches to coaching really demystify the science and the art of great coaching practice.

  7. Osama Al-Mosa MCC, Leadership Development Specialist CCL, Founding President, ICF Jordan Chapter

    This is a very comprehensive textbook to understand professional coaching from internationally recognized specialists. It includes a wealth of information and tools a coach requires at every stage of development and practice.

  8. Dr. Marcia Reynolds, MCC, ICF Global Board Past Chair and Author of Coach the Person, Not the Problem: A Guide to Using Reflective Inquiry

    In this crowded confusing profession called coaching, Sinclair and Passmore have written the guidebook that clears the fog for coaches on their path to coaching excellence. Becoming a Coach clarifies the distinction of coaching and why it is so effective, provides specific practices for embodying a coaching mindset, and is full of tools that will elevate your coaching impact. No matter where you are on your journey, this book will give you a bright light to follow.

  9. Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers 50 #1 Executive Coach for 10 years

    Becoming a Coach is the perfect place to start your coach development journey. The book provides a comprehensive coverage of the issues in coaching and offers an essential guide to the new ICF coach competencies for new and developing coaches.

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