Coaching or mentoring: what’s the difference?

Written by Nigel Girling CMgr CCMI Wednesday 19 May 2021
Quite frequently the words ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring’ are used as if they’re one and the same. They’re not.
Coach speaking to boxer in the right

Two words that are appearing more and more frequently in articles, on websites and in promotional materials: coaching and mentoring. Any leader or manager can benefit from one or both. and any leader or manager needs to understand how, when and why they might be helpful. This article seeks briefly to explain.

While mentoring and coaching certainly share a common purpose – helping people to develop and grow – the approaches and their implementation are different in some important ways.

Let’s explore their commonalities and key differences.

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