Great write up, captures the essence of Coaching.
As the practice of Coaching (Life or variants thereof) is gaining popularity in this part of world (MENA region), the need for certification is more important.
ICF is doing a lot of great work. But if the customer (individual/corporate/others) does not insist on certification as one of the primary requirements while choosing a coach, he/she is deprived of best results.
A coaching mindset is essential for anyone to ‘BE’ a coach. Long term success will depend on that and also effort to learn, continuously. ICF Certifications, CCEUs et al.
The basic assumption being the client knows everything, is complete, makes it very spiritual. I am fascinated by that too.