Coaching vs Mentorship

I am often asked: ?What is the difference between coaching and mentorship??

The short answer: coaching is a formal relationship based on skill development, that is process driven and results oriented. Mentorship on the other hand, is informal, exchanging information and sharing life experience.

Here is a quick chart for reference:

Formal business relationship
Specific term or duration
Specific dates/times to meet
Results oriented
Individual or team
Trained or Certified

Informal personal relationship
Usually no time limit
No set schedule
Sharing information
Life experience

Many articles have been written on creating a distinction between the two different types of relationships and yet one has to recognize that the skills required for each are very similar, if not the same and both are equally important to an individuals journey for success:

  • listening skills
  • empathy
  • decision making and flexibility
  • open communication
  • problem solving
  • leadership
  • negotiation, to name a few?

Each relationship is built on trust and respect, building confidence that contributes to personal and professional development. One relationship may support the other at different times throughout a career and be just as important to their overall journey for success.

From my point of view, it is not the definition that is important but rather finding the right connection that will create a foundation for achieving results.

“Be the person who starts a ripple that creates a wave of change”

Trish Tonaj is an author,  artist and speaker – sharing stories to inspire great ideas.
She has written two books: Diary of Change 12 Personal Tools and Breaking Barriers, 10 Entrepreneurial Women Share Their Stories.

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With a love of writing she is a regular contributor to Thrive Global.

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