Guiding others through life can be a daunting, but potentially rewarding task for any one up to the challenge. The person doing the guiding has a fine line to walk.
On one hand he must be strong enough to rebuke the follower if that person ignores advice.
On the other hand, he must sometimes allow the follower to stray, so that the follower can better understand why things should be done differently. The people doing the guiding generally fall into the categories of coaches and mentors.
While the two roles are similar in some ways, they are in fact very different. Before taking someone under your wing to help them progress through life, it's important to understand the difference between coaching and mentoring.
Mentoring generally involves a closer and deeper relationship than is seen in coaching. The leader and follower in this relationship are most commonly referred to as (read more)