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Difference between coaching, mentoring and Teaching?

Last post 03:18 pm May 30, 2023 by Nate Bell
5 replies
11:42 am April 15, 2023

I am preparing for the PSM II, and studying the scrum competencies in depth. While going through the Coaching, mentoring and teaching, I am unable to get a higher level difference between these three as all of them is guiding the team either by sharing personal experiences or helping them achieving their goals.

What can be the solid differences between being:

  1. Coach
  2. Mentor
  3. Teacher


07:34 pm April 16, 2023

@Zia, I suggest you read the individual pages on each topic linked from here: and this specific page that differentiates the methods:

09:08 am April 17, 2023

@Zia, the links provided by Eric are great and provide a much better explanation than I could do.

What helped me understand the differences between the stances was to sum it up this way:

A asks B for help to solve a problem:

  1. Coach : A finds the solution him(her)self based on open questions asked by B
  2. Mentor : B shares a similar experience he had and how he solved the issue
  3. Teacher : B gives theorical knowledge adressing the issue

01:40 pm April 28, 2023

Thank you so much both of you

I have read and went through the stuff provided which really helped my the difference between the three concepts I have asked for

Thanks again

02:54 pm April 28, 2023

At the page already suggested by Eric Naiburg there is a section which describes roles of teacher, coach and mentor, and highlights differences between them.

You can also click on the icon and enter the large article about each particular role.…

You will also find useful articles about Self managing teams, leadership styles and Facilitation

10:13 am May 30, 2023

There are variations between coaching, mentoring, and teaching. Each method has characteristics that make it superior for particular learning conditions. 

Coaching improves a skill or conduct. Coaches must inspire and guide students based on their needs. This can be done by offering advice, resources, and attainable goals that fit the person's situation. 

Mentoring is more hands-on. Mentors offer advise, expertise, background knowledge, and support. Discussing personal and professional development, giving constructive criticism, and modelling desired behaviour are common. 

Finally, teaching involves knowledge transfer. It involves teaching students. Classrooms, lectures, and tutorials are typical teaching environments. Teachers define and evaluate goals and create a learning environment.

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