I often get asked about the difference between coaching, counselling, mentoring and consulting. While the communication skills used by these professions are similar – such as asking questions, active listening, summarising, etc., they are very different methods, and it depends on what the client needs.
Here are some distinctions:
According to the International Coach Federation, coaching is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.” The coach is the subject matter expert at coaching, not necessarily the subject matter expert of the client’s coaching topic.
Counselors are trained to diagnose and help the client with emotional problems, the past or dysfunction while coaches are not. The coach’s domain is future-oriented – what does the client want? And then coaching the client to get there.
A mentor is a wise and trusted guide and advisor. The mentor is the teacher that shares their experience while bringing the “mentee” up the ranks. A coach is not necessarily the subject matter expert in order to help develop the client.
A consultant is an expert who is called on for professional or technical advice or opinions. They are relied on to understand the problem and present solutions. Consulting is unlike coaching because, with pure coaching, the answers come from the client.
What are your thoughts about these distinctions?
When seeking a professional, it is important to know what your requirements are so that you can choose the right professional at the right time.
According to the founder of CoachU, Thomas Leonard:
A Coach is…
- Your partner in achieving professional and personal goals;
- Your champion during a turnaround;
- Your trainer in communication and life skills;
- Your sounding board when making choices;
- Your motivator when strong actions called for;
- Your unconditional support when you take a hit;
- Your mentor in personal development;
- Your co-design when developing an extraordinary project
- Your beacon during stormy times;
- Your wake-up call if you don’t hear your own, and most importantly;
- Your coach is your partner in living the life you know you’re ready for, personally and professionally.”
The Art & Science of Coaching
I am very passionate about coaching because since having a Master Coach in my corner over the past 17 years, the power of transformational coaching has delivered exactly that in my life – it has transformed my personal and professional life. This is what strongly supported my decision to become a professional coach studying the true art and science of advanced coaching.
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