What is it about? There is an overlap in coaching and mentoring however there are some distinct differences in the process and required outcomes.
- Both aim for the individual to increase his or her effectiveness and apply it to the tasks at hand in a positive manner
- Both encourage stretch and provide support and challenge in pursuit of this
- Both assume some understanding of the Director context – the issues and concerns of Directors and the purpose and responsibility of Directorship
- Both focus on learning and development – sometimes defined as nominating coaching from a skill-base and mentoring from an experience-base
- Both can include career guidance to review career goals and capabilities or a focus on the future of the business being driven by you
- Both involve an exchange of life and career experiences.
- Both are collaborative alliances between client and mentor or coach.
Given this, we offer you these definitions for your information.
Coaching is focussed on addressing specific development needs. Often these are oriented around skill-sets. Coaching can also include the development of coaching as a leadership style.
Mentoring, on the other hand, provides guidance and direction in how to think about business issues, and career direction by using an exchange of experiences and scenarios that look at issues strategically.