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Understanding the roles of mentor, coach and manager
30 March 2017
The mentor, coach and manager are all
important in an organization. Although to a lay person, these terms appear
similar; in reality, there is quite a difference between each of these. There
exists not only a difference in what each term is; there is considerable
difference between each of these as regards what role each has in an
Each has a role to perform in bringing
about team engagement in the organization and in helping the organization reach
greater heights. A mentor, coach and a manager are all required to perform
different roles and display their skills in helping the employees produce high
quality work and stay motivated while doing so.
Generally, these are how the three roles
Managing: A manager is well-suited for helping the organization carry out
its day-to-day functions. A good manager is a good operations person. A manager
is one who helps the organization attain its goals in a systematic and
disciplined manner. In the course of helping the organization do this, the
manager could be performing a number of tasks, managing people being one of
them. The manager is also required to manage a whole host of other functions
Coaching: A coach is one who partners with the employees and motivates them
to reach their goals and enhance their performance. A coach puts various
coaching theories into practice and helps the team overcome challenges and
obstacles, but rarely sets the goals herself. Coaches are focused on motivating
the team and helping the team members attain their specific, set goals. A coach
need not be an expert in the skill needed for helping the organization; it is
enough if she knows the art of helping people get there.
Mentoring: Mentoring is a process by which the wisdom and intelligence needed
for performing are imparted by a person.
Mentoring usually involves “give and take”, meaning the mentor, in the
process of mentoring employees in helping them reach their goals, also gains
from the mentees in some or another way. Mentors usually do what managements
term as handholding for a while after they have identified the talents that
needs to be mentored. Usually, mentoring is done over long periods of time.
In all these, it goes without saying that
the factor of commonality of the goal and the desired outcome has to be
present. Although one may theorize about the nature and role of each of these;
each of these is required for organizations for different purposes and for
meeting different goals.
the ways of knowing the roles of mentor, coach and manager
How does an organization decide which of
these is what it needs? Does it need a mentor, or a coach, or a manager? What
is its expectation about each of these roles at different points of time? These
and related aspects will be the learning a webinar from TrainHR, a highly
popular provider of professional trainings for the human resources area, will
At this webinar, Valerie Pelan, who has
been consulting and providing Executive coaching for over 10 years, at which
she has been combining her business experience working in Fortune 100 companies
and her experience as an entrepreneur, will be the speaker.
To gain insights on how to understand the
nature and role of coaching, mentoring and managing, please register for this
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differences between mentor, coach and manager
At this webinar, Valerie will show the
difference between being a mentor, coach and a manager, and how one can use the
skillsets of each of these to engage employees better. She will explain how to
manage one’s career using a mentor, coach or a manager.
She will cover the following areas at this
Learn the different skills to
Mentor, Coach, and Manager.
Learn the role of a Mentor,
Coach and Manager in team engagement and employee loyalty
Successful career management by
employees means accountability and getting formal and informal feedback
Learn how to use all three
skills and what to expect from each different role in providing career
Learn the role of feedback from
the three different types that can enhance your career.