What are the benefits of coaching and mentoring?
When knowledge and learning is passed between employees, everyone benefits. Coaching and mentoring is a more formal way of acknowledging this, giving people the opportunity to work and learn from more experienced or skilled team members.
It can also help to build relationships internally, especially if coaching and mentoring takes place across departments. This can result in greater shared values, knowledge distribution and stronger relationships between different teams.
Encouraging employees to become a mentor, or mentee, can also give people support outside of their existing team structure. Coaching and mentoring can provide personal and professional development opportunities for everyone involved, allowing mentees to learn from someone more experienced, and mentors the chance to develop their interpersonal skills.
However, it’s important that coaching and mentoring is implemented in the correct way, which is there are a range of courses and certifications available to help people develop these skills.
What’s the difference between a coach and a mentor?
The key difference between a coach and a mentor is in the structure of the relationship. Mentors tend to provide general guidance and support, whilst coaching is a more exact form of learning and development.
Coaching may have certain expected outcomes and objectives, such as helping someone thrive in a new role or learn a new tool. Mentorship is often more focused on helping with personal growth and advice.
More about coaching and mentoring courses
There are many ways to train to become a coach or mentor, including several professional certifications and courses.
The ILM Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring is for managers who want to develop a high level of performance and collaboration skills, while our Coaching For Results course is for those that want to use coaching to get the most out of their team.
We also offer several TAP Learning certifications in coaching and mentoring. Coaching and mentoring course are ideal for managers who are interested in general leadership training, as well as those looking to work on their communication skills and personal development.
For businesses, having coaches and mentors in your organisation can offer many benefits. It can show junior members of staff that they are valued and that the company is invested in their long-term development. It can also help to build long-term internal relationships.