Joe Leech

A Mentor, a Coach, and a Consultant walk into a bar…

What’s the difference between the three? How can each of them support you and your goals.

If you’ve ever pondered the nuanced differences in how these professionals support top executives, this is a must-watch.

From Experience to Action: Discover how a mentor leverages their firsthand CEO experiences and networks to offer tailored advice, focusing on sharing insights and solutions based on their personal journey.

This video is not just a conversation; it’s a roadmap to understanding which type of professional guidance can best suit your needs as a leader, helping you navigate your path to success with clarity and confidence. Join us to explore these compelling dynamics and elevate your leadership journey.

Differences between a Mentor, a Coach and a Consultant


Overall: A mentor is someone who has been on your journey before. They will offer insight based on their experience. They will tell you what they would do or they have done in your situation.


  1. Experience-Based Guidance: Mentors provide advice and guidance based on their own experiences, particularly useful for specific roles or industries (e.g., being a CEO).
  2. Networking: Mentors often share their network, which can open doors and provide new opportunities.
  3. Personalized Support: The relationship is usually more personal and informal, which can make the mentee more comfortable in sharing and asking for advice.
  4. Proactive Relationship: The mentee takes the initiative, which can lead to a more tailored and relevant guidance.


  1. Subjectivity: Advice may be based on the mentor’s own experiences and may not always be the best fit for the mentee’s unique situation.
  2. Less Structured: Meetings and goals may be less structured compared to coaching or consulting, which can lead to less tangible outcomes.
  3. Availability: As the relationship is more casual, mentors might not always be available when needed.


A coach empowers individuals to author and achieve their personal and professional goals through guidance, mindset shifts, and accountability. They provide support, challenge limiting beliefs, and facilitate strategic planning and problem-solving to focus on growth and performance.

Overall: Proactively helps you set a vision and achieve your goals for both you professionally & personally and your business.


  1. Skill and Mindset Development: Coaches focus on equipping individuals with the skills and mindset needed for their role, leading to personal and professional growth.
  2. Holistic Approach: Coaching often takes into account the whole person, including work-life balance and personal well-being. Will help you set a vision for your work and personal life.
  3. Structured Framework: Coaches use frameworks and methodologies to address and solve problems, which can provide clear pathways to success.
  4. Deep Diving: Coaches help individuals understand the root causes of their challenges, leading to more sustainable solutions. They peel the layers of the onion.
  5. Push you to greater success: [Unique to some coaches, including me] Will foster a growth mindset and address head on limiting beliefs.
  6. Professionally trained: in my case degree in neuropsychology and an MSc in Human Communication


  1. Less Direct Advice: Coaches may not provide direct answers or solutions, which can be frustrating for individuals seeking immediate solutions, but they will offer frameworks for the individual to solve that problem.
  2. Time and Commitment: Effective coaching requires a significant time commitment and a willingness to delve into personal areas, which not everyone is comfortable with.
  3. Cost: Professional coaching can be expensive, which might not be feasible for everyone.


Overall: They will guide you via their process to a solution to your problem.


  1. Expertise in Problem-Solving: Consultants bring specific knowledge and expertise to solve particular problems, which can be very effective for technical or specialized issues.
  2. Efficiency: Consultants are focused on solving problems quickly and effectively, which is beneficial for time-sensitive issues.
  3. Objective Perspective: Consultants provide an outside perspective, which can help in identifying issues that internal team members might miss.


  1. Less Personalized: Solutions provided may not take into account the company’s culture or individual’s personal goals as they are more focused on solving specific problems.
  2. Dependency: There is a risk of becoming dependent on consultants for solving problems instead of developing internal capabilities.
  3. Cost: Hiring consultants can be expensive, especially for long-term or complex projects.
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I’m mr Joe and I help CEOs and their businesses thrive.

Success isn't incremental. It's a game of chutes / snakes and ladders; it's time to climb the ladders. I bring 15 years in tech, $20b in added revenue, experience with 30+ startups and FTSE / NASDAQ / Fortune 100 giants. Together we can do great things.

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