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International Journal of New Developments in Education, 2022, 4(13); doi: 10.25236/IJNDE.2022.041305.

Compare and contrast mentoring and coaching for leadership development in higher education


Yuqing Huang

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Yuqing Huang

University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK


Less experienced academic staff in higher education tend to seek more professional mentoring and coaching. However, finding seniors who are willing and able to provide them with ongoing support is not straightforward. While both mentoring and coaching can provide assistance to faculty members, they serve different roles and purposes in leadership development. Therefore, it is necessary for higher education institutions to recognise the needs of academic staff and to guide them in choosing appropriate method. This essay aims to clarify the similarities and differences between mentoring and coaching and to understand the contexts in which they can each play a greater role. The present essay discussed the possible impact of mentoring and coaching on staff leadership development. And it is concluded that despite the fact that mentoring and coaching are similar in effect, they are different to a more substantial extent. 


mentoring, coaching, higher education, career advancement, leadership development

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Yuqing Huang. Compare and contrast mentoring and coaching for leadership development in higher education. International Journal of New Developments in Education (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 13: 24-29. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJNDE.2022.041305.


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