I am often asked “What’s The Difference between Coaching and Mentoring?”
Its really pretty simple:
Coaching is teaching others a specific task, skill, process or procedure. It is Transactional Leadership. Since Coaching is about a specific item most coaching sessions are short in duration though you may coach others over a long period of time on several items.
Mentoring on the other hand is usually done one on one to give an individual a better understanding of their organization’s Vision, Mission, or Clarifying Goals or Values. It is Transformational Leadership. Mentoring covers a longer period of time frame than Coaching since it is about developing trust and building relationships between the Mentor and Mentoree.