1c. Identify the Differences Between Mentoring and Coaching

Mentoring and coaching differ in their objectives, impacts, and durations, as detailed below:


  • Helps facilitate a culture of growth and development within the organization
  • Concentrates on the individual’s development needs and goals based on his/her career aspirations
  • Mutually benefits both the mentor and mentee
  • Builds a long-term relationship dependent upon participants’ performance through various career stages


  • Assesses and improves an individual’s performance in a particular area
  • Concentrates on identified issues with clear goals to develop specific skills and behaviors
  • Disproportionately benefits the person being coached
  • Sets a time-bound relationship defined to meet specific goals and objectives
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