Coaching, mentoring and consulting are all the same – right?

Here is the difference.

“In consulting and mentoring, someone else is the expert. A consultant offers advice and possible solutions. A mentor provides wisdom and guidance. In coaching, you are the subject matter expert. You set your objectives and goals, although a coach can help you ensure they are actionable, and the results are measurable. Then, you tap into yourself and do the work required to create the outcomes you seek.

A coach is an expert in the coaching process. It is their role to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to clarify your goals and explore creative solutions. A coach is also there to keep you accountable to the goals you’ve set and to motivate you when you need it.”

(Quoted from the International Coaching Federation)