Difference Between Mentoring, Coaching & Sponsorship

 

The Difference Between Mentoring, Coaching & SponsorshipOne of the frequent questions we receive at our benchmarking debriefs is:

“What is the difference between mentoring, coaching and sponsorship?”

We’ve prepared a primer for you with the help of Sodexo, No. 5 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 list and a company we frequently use to illustrate an effective, results-oriented mentoring program.

Definitions

Mentor: “Talking with you”

Relationship between two people for the purpose of developing themselves or their careers in navigating the workplace or a particular field. More often than that, the relationships are mutually beneficial, with both partners learning in a purposeful way and benefiting from their relationship in sharing knowledge and experience. A mentor can be within or outside of an organization, and mentoring is more driven by the mentees identifying needs of their own.

Coach: “Talking to you”

Instructional, often with a particular goal or focus, such as developing technical or soft skills or can be used as a way to train someone on a discrete task or series of tasks. A coach, via assessments, tools and methodologies, identifies what the person needs and an action plan.

Sponsor: “Talking about you”

A sponsor, usually someone at a more senior level and/or an individual with strong influence within an organization, assists a protégé in gaining visibility for particular assignments, promotions or positions. The role is often recognized as having a career, job or opportunity-related purpose with some inherent degree or accountability on the sponsor’s part. A sponsor has to be within an organization.

(Related articles: Mentors vs. Sponsors: How Each Can Help and Women Need Lots of Sponsors, Mentors.)

 

Latest Best Practices

Webinar Recap: Leading in Challenging Times — Top Diversity Leaders Discuss Their Secrets to Success in 2021

Panelists: Cheryl Wade, Cigna; Kelley Cornish, Wells Fargo; Keith Jackson, AT&T Latin America; and Roberto Singleton, Abbott Moderator: Dana Noweder, senior manager of client fulfillment at DiversityInc   During DiversityInc’s July 14 webinar “Leading in…

diversity brand equity

DiversityInc’s Recruitment and Hiring Playbook: 5 Essential Steps for Improving and Promoting ‘Diversity Brand Equity’

DiversityInc Best Practice’s “Recruitment and Hiring Playbook” is an insider’s guide for talent acquisition teams that provides insights on fair hiring practices, as well as tips on organizational support and accountability. Check back soon for…

DiversityInc founder and chairman Luke Visconti

Event Recap: “Strengthening Opportunities for Hispanic STEM Students,” a Panel Discussion Featuring DiversityInc Founder Luke Visconti

On June 18, DiversityInc founder and chairman Luke Visconti participated in a panel discussion held by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) aimed at identifying the challenges Hispanic students face in obtaining advanced science,…

webinar recruiting

Webinar Recap: Inside Tips from Talent Recruiters – Land Your Next Gig

Moderator: Dana Noweder, senior manager of client fulfillment at DiversityInc   Panelists: Shalaine Colbert, Wells Fargo’s Human Resources Business Partner; Sherry McCaskill, Toyota’s Human Resources Manager, Talent Acquisition; Anthony Primerano, Sanofi’s Total Talent Director; and…

Info Sheet: Juneteenth

Download our Juneteenth info sheet to share with your leaders, colleagues and teams HERE. What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas and put into effect the Emancipation…