…knowing the difference so you can decide which suits best?
Coaches are trained and qualified through accredited training programs. They partner with Coachee’s in a thought-provoking creative process where the Coachee is the expert in the relationship and the Coach’s role is to facilitate the development and growth of the Coachee through questions and awareness. The Coach does not advise. As a result of coaching, coachees set better goals, take more action and make better decisions more fully using their natural strengths. Coachees develop based on their own personal values. Professional Coaches are trained and qualified to listen and observe, to customize their approach to the individual client’s needs, and to elicit solutions and strategies from the Coachee. They believe that the Coachee is naturally creative and resourceful and that the Coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the Coachee already has. While the Coach provides feedback and an objective perspective, the Coachee is responsible for taking the steps to produce the results he or she desires. The Coach stands back and holds the space for the Coachee to gain personal awareness so that Coachee moves forward within their own value base.
Mentors require no training or qualifications and use their own knowledge and experience to develop others. Mentors advise, impart and train mentees based on the mentors personal knowledge and experience and the mentors values. The Mentor is the expert and the mentee takes direction, gets feedback and advice from the mentor. Mentors take responsibility for the growth and development of the mentee. Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person guides a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor has a certain area of expertise so they impart that on to their Mentee. The Mentor is the expert in this relationship.