What is the difference between an executive coach, a mentor, and a consultant?
Coaching is not mentoring or consulting. A coach is an expert in empowering senior executives and managers to work through challenges and changes at work and on the job. A coach facilitates the process of helping the manager to grow their own capacity. A mentor is someone who is now or has been in a position or role where the manager wants to be. The mentor typically gives specific advice based on his or her own personal experience and provides the manager with insights about a particular role, an organization, or an industry. A consultant brings expertise in a particular topic or functional area in which the organization needs to improve. A consultant usually offers specific recommendations to organizations for possible improvements, rather than focusing on an individual. Coaches, mentors, and consultants often complement one another and collaborate to optimize personal and organizational performance.