CEO mentoring as an alternative to executive coaching

TEC CEO Coaching and Mentoring

As a business leader or CEO, there are often few people within an organisation who highlight opportunities for you to improve yourself. This means that it is easy to relax on your thought processes, ideals, structures and approach to general business topics.

However, nobody is a perfect leader and CEOs should always be working towards making themselves better. Whether this is in relation to people, personal or project management, finding a mentor who can lead you to a more productive skill set will be more effective for both you as a leader and your team, than an executive coaching program can.

Why do you need a mentor?

Working with a mentor isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a show of opportunity, passion and a want to improve yourself both personally and professionally.

Every leader requires guidance and direction to be able to work with new generations, manage technology and the changes that continue to occur on the business landscape.

Mentoring vs Coaching

While the terms ‘coach’ and ‘mentor’ are often used interchangeably, they both hold different definitions in the world of executive coaching.

Effective mentors hold three key elements that coaches don’t:

Essentially, a mentor is a neutral party who doesn’t have an agenda apart from helping your professional development. Through talking to someone as a sounding board, business leaders can express emotion and feelings more freely in order to reach their goals.

Coaches, on the other hand, often have a hidden agenda or are associated to a particular business or service. Therefore, their advice and messages could be swayed towards a specific outcome.


Being the leader of your business is one thing, but there are always others with more experience, knowledge and insight than yourself. Individuals are paired with like-minded professionals so they can add value to the overall conversation. A mentor can also help in the long term and assist you through times that they struggled with in the past.

A coach could understand how to teach someone, but have no experience or tangible insight to help in your particular business position.


Mentors want to see personal progress so will be a significant help on developing skills, experience and decision making abilities. These are often based on their past experiences which add to the creditability of a CEO mentor.

Rather than highlighting their experiences, a coach can only lead CEOs to the path to find their answer. This could be through asking tough questions and analysing the way your respond.

TEC executive mentoring

The Executive Connection creates a confidential environment for both mentors and business leaders to strive. Through the development of our mentoring services, we allow our standout CEO and executive mentors to connect to business leaders in a unique and personal manner.

m20k-values-150x150Key attributes of our mentors:
•    Proven track records of success and experience
•    Understanding of management and leadership challenges
•    Passion for developing goals and objectives
•    Effective interpersonal skills
•    Ability to listen and empathise

The benefits of mentoring

Connecting with a mentor through TEC brings a number of benefits. This includes:
•    A supportive environment to explore concepts and present challenges and ideas
•    Improving relationships both personal and professional
•    Analyse of stakeholder interests in more depth
•    Providing a sounding board for future goals, ambitions and objectives within a career
•    Helping to gain a deeper meaning about what a leader needs to be in the modern world

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If you feel you could benefit from mentoring and are a results-driven CEO or senior executive with bottom line responsibilities and a strong desire to enhance your leadership skills and influence others then we welcome you to connect with us.