Nibernet Lead Admin, Nibernet. 30 Questions 5 Answers 0 Best Answers 34 Points View Profile 1 Nibernet Asked: April 9, 2019 How does coaching differ from mentoring? 1 I want to understand the difference between a coach and a mentor Tell others:ShareWhatsAppTweet 1 Answer Izuoma Ibe Nigeria 10 Questions 37 Answers 5 Best Answers 684 Points View Profile Izuoma Ibe Added an answer on April 16, 2019 at 10:37 am Though coaching and mentoring use the same skills and approach, they differ in many ways. An obvious fact remains that coaching is short term task-based while mentoring is a longer term relationship. Itemizing the differences will help for a better understanding of the line between the two concepts. See below: Mentoring Coaching A continous relationship that can last for a long period of time Relationship generally has a set duration Can be more informal and meetings can take place as and when the mentee needs some advice, guidance or support Generally more structured in nature and meetings are scheduled on a regular basis More long-term and takes a broader view of the person Short-term (sometimes time-bounded) and focused on specific development areas/issues Mentor is usually more experienced and qualified than the ‘mentee’. Often a senior person in the organisation who can pass on knowledge, experience and open doors to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities Coaching is generally not performed on the basis that the coach needs to have direct experience of their client’s formal occupational role, unless the coaching is specific and skills-focused Focus is on career and personal development Focus is generally on development/issues at work Agenda is set by the mentee, with the mentor providing support and guidance to prepare them for future roles The agenda is focused on achieving specific, immediate goals Mentoring revolves more around developing the mentee professional’s career Coaching revolves more around specific development areas/issues 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Featured image Select file Browse Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of new posts by email.