Value of director coaching and mentoring
How can coaching and mentoring help you?
- receive support and challenges to push yourself
- increase your effectiveness
- review your career goals and capabilities
- exchange life and career experiences
- form collaborative alliances.
What does coaching and mentoring require?
- trust and commitment to the process
- substantial interpersonal skills from coach and mentor
- understanding of the director context
- focus on learning and development.
What is the difference between coaching and mentoring?
There are some distinct differences in the process and required outcomes of coaching and mentoring.
Coaching is focussed on addressing specific development needs. Often these are oriented around skill-sets. Coaching can also include the development of coaching as a leadership style. The aims of coaching for directors includes:
- enhancing leadership effectiveness, performance and career progression within a specific organisational context
- development and integration of mindsets and behaviours
- focussing on specific requirements needed for the application of capability.
Your coach should bring an enhanced range of skill-sets and aim to transform your mindset with new perspectives.
Mentoring provides guidance and direction on how to think about business issues, and competitiveness by using an exchange of experiences and scenarios that look at issues strategically. The aims of mentoring for directors include:
- being challenged to explore and integrate new perspectives
- receiving guidance on specific business challenges, including strategy and policy.
Your mentor should have broad useful experience and the ability to share that with you at a practical and pragmatic level that is goal-directed and which you can apply to your own context.