Coach or mentor?
Coaching and mentoring are similar, but involve different skills and a different approach. In general mentoring is a long term relationship while coaching is short term and focuses on tasks and training. The best place to start is a definition of coaching and mentoring.
Coaching: The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Mentoring: A simple, broad definition of mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor.” as Oxford Online Business Dictionary defines mentoring as an “Employee training system under which a senior or more experienced individual (the mentor) is assigned to act as an advisor, counselor, or guide to a junior or trainee. The mentor is responsible for providing support to, and feedback on, the individual in his or her charge.” One note of clarification: While many organizations offer in-house mentoring programs, often as part of a leadership training program, it is common for mentees to work with mentors outside their organization.