There is a substantial difference between coaching and mentoring although they are usually thought of interchangeably. Coaching is a skill driven form of training; a short term enterprise; and is focused on behavior. In contrast, mentoring is relationship oriented; has a long-term scope; and is holistic, meaning it is broad enough to address aspects of the whole person not just a fragment of the individual’s life. In fact, coaching services can be included in a mentoring relationship to address specific areas of need or concern (Stoddard, 2009).
In his book Mentoring 101 John Maxwell (2008) posits, “If you want to succeed as a mentor, first seek to understand yourself and others (p. 11). Mentoring is a journey that requires perseverance.
Coaching on the other hand, is a way of managing and can be used proactively to motivate staff, delegate, problem solve, relationship issues, team building, appraisals and assessments, task performance, planning an reviewing self-development (Whitmore, 2009).
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