How is coaching different to mentoring or training?

Coaching: assists an individual to improve awareness, to set and achieve goals in order to achieve improved leadership results. The coach is not an expert in the individual’s field.

Training: assists an individual or group to develop cognitive and technical skills and capabilities. It involves the transfer of skills and knowledge to the learner where the trainer is the expert.

Mentoring: assists in helping a person improve by sharing advice, support and guidance to someone who is often a junior from someone who has ‘done it before’. It usually takes the form of a longer term career relationship. Coaching is aimed at providing various tools that a person can use to manage the situations. As the relationship progresses, it may involve aspects of both training and mentoring.