Mentoring vs. Coaching vs. Sponsorship

……   Power   Topic   Duration   Boundaries   Reward
Sponsor Hierarchical or Positional Authority Succession Planning, Leadership Building Long-Term: Years Part of Regular Work   Career Direction, Protection
Coach Special Knowledge Transfer of Specific Information, Teaching Short-Term: Class or Program Duration School or Training Scope and Vision   Student: Passes Test, Coach: Payment
Mentor Wisdom Authority Career or Personal Growth Mid-term: 6 to 12 Months Program Scope and Vision   Mutual Learning, Recommendations, Feedback

Adapted from a 2014 work by Katy Dickinson while at Everwise, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Published as a Mentoring Standard web page 15 Sep 2015.
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