Here is a collection of classic definition of coaching by leading Professional Coaches

Coaching involves dialogue between a coach and a client with the aim of helping the client obtain a fulfilling life. This is achieved by helping the client establish what is important to them and by clarifying their values. With the client’s input the coach co-creates value based goals and a plan to achieve them. Through collaboration, the coach supports the client to achieve these goals. International Coaching Academy

Coaching is a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve. To be a successful a coach requires a knowledge and understanding of process as well as the variety of styles, skills and techniques that are appropriate to the context in which coaching takes place. Eric Parsloe

Coaching is about performing at your best through the individual and private assistance of someone who will challenge, stimulate and guide you to keep growing. Gerard O’Donovan

Coaching is a way of working with people that leaves them more competent and more fulfilled so that they are more able to contribute to their organizations and find meaning in what they are doing. James Flaherty

Coaching will help you to discover how to unlock the many inner resources that lie dormant and unused in you because you fail to recognize that they are there. Carmel Wynne

Coaching is about helping the client to think of things from a different perspective. It is helping a person achieve more from the depths of their being than they would otherwise have been able. Shirley Caldwell
Coaching is not telling people what to do; it’s giving them a chance to examine what they are doing in light of their intensions. James Flaherty

Coaching involves holding out a possibility in front of others while coaching them to move to the next level of relentless compassion. Robert Hargrove

Coaching helps individuals to be aware of their strengths as well as their weakness and to decide on a course of action best suited to their goals. It is a process consisting of focused conversations to create an environment for individual growth, purposeful action and sustained improvement.

Coaching is a development process that enables clients to build their capabilities so that they can achieve personal, professional and organization goals. Coaches partner with their client in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires clients to maximize their personal and professional potential.

A linguistic approach to define the coaching profession in a short and precise sentence by Alain Cardon, MCC

Here is a collection of classic definition of coaching by leading Professional Coaches