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Coaching vs. Mentoring, Consulting and Therapy
Coaching is often lumped into the same category as therapy or consulting and is often confused with mentoring. All four practices are valuable in their own context depending on the goals of the client. Just as in any industry, the practitioners in these professions use a variety of methodologies and specialties. In broads terms:
Professional leadership coaching is a partnership, that is future oriented and action based to tap unrealized potential in a person who seeks to maximize fulfillment in life and work. Client has the answers and the coach assists in self-discovery. Ready for coaching? Take a detailed look at how our coaching program can help you perform at your optimal level.
Mentoring is hierarchical, where the mentor often transfers knowledge based on their own experience. Often confused with coaching, the key difference is the mentor offers advice, where the coach offer suggestions to further self-discovery. Mentor has the answers.
For a more detailed look at coaching vs mentoring, please read our blog post Mentoring vs. Coaching: Tools for Professional Development
Consulting is hierarchical, focused on solving the client’s problem from the consultant’s expert perspective in a specialized area. Consultant has the answers.
Therapy is hierarchical, often focused around solving the client’s past issues and is often reflective versus action based. Therapist has the answers.