Coaching and mentoring


Coaching is one of the key approaches through which leadership in organisations can be developed.

It’s a method of deploying techniques embedded in artful questioning and appreciative inquiry to help leaders unlock their full potential to achieve personal and professional success.

Whether as a one-to-one focused and bespoke relationship or within a group context, coaching is often perceived as the single most effective development intervention our staff can access.

The South East Coaching and Mentoring Register is an easy-to-use platform to find a coach or a mentor at any point in your professional career if you are looking for a longer term coaching relationship.

South East Coaching and Mentoring Register   Coaching and Mentoring – South East Leadership Academy


Mentoring is very different to coaching. Support and guidance of a mentee is often led by a more experienced, skilled and knowledgeable professional mentor.

The emphasis is on developing the leadership expertise of the mentee in a work context, with the process of mentoring encouraging independence, autonomy and self-development.

Through embedding reflective practice, shared learning and improved ownership for solution-focused thinking, mentoring can deliver improvements in an individual’s performance that lead to enhanced leadership maturity.

South East Coaching and Mentoring Register   Coaching and Mentoring – South East Leadership Academy

Coaching and Mentoring resources

Coaching and mentoring resources for individuals

FREE Coaching Tools - My Self-Help Habit (

  • How to use coaching skills to support your own development and growth (self-coaching tools).

Living With the Inner Critic: 8 Helpful Worksheets (

  • Free online assessments to help you explore your critical inner voices (self-sabotage).

How 14 Coaches Help Their Clients Overcome Procrastination (

  • A model to help you manage procrastination tendencies.

Microsoft Word - Co-Active-Coaching-Toolkit-JOB-PERFORMANCE-WHEEL.docx (

  • Job Performance Wheel exercise to enable you to measure your satisfaction across a range of performance related areas.

Personality Test, Personality Assessment: VIA Survey | VIA Institute (

  • The VIA Character Strengths Survey enables you to identify your character strengths with a free to download profile.

iResilience: Free Personal Resilience Report (

  • The iResilience report provides a comprehensive understanding of personal resilience (strengths and areas of risk).

Self-Compassion Test (

  • Test how self-compassionate you are and some self-compassion activities and exercises.

Career framework | Health Education England (

  • A self-assessment tool to help nurses review progress, build confidence and further career options.

Circle of Influence. Why you have more power than you think (

  • A tool to enable you to gain insights about your sphere of influence and level of control.

Learning Library (North West Leadership Academy)

  • A questionnaire designed to help you pinpoint your learning style/preferences so that you are in a better position to select learning experiences that suit your style (downloadable word document).

Values and Beliefs Tools | Crowe Associates (

  • A range of tools to help you identify, explore, and prioritise your values.

17 Emotional Intelligence Tests and Assessments (

  • A range of articles and quizzes to help enhance your ability to understand and manage your emotions.

The Wheel of Life® - Finding Balance in Your Life (

  • The wheel of life helps you consider each area of your life and assess what is off balance.

Coaching and mentoring resources for coaches and mentors

How Coaching Works (YouTube)

  • Short four-minute film on how coaching works.

The GROW model in action (YouTube)

  • Seven-minute video demonstrating the GROW model in action.

Corridor Coaching Example (YouTube)

  • Four-minute video demonstrating a ‘corridor coaching’ approach.

An Example of Good Coaching Questions (YouTube)

  • This video shows the importance of using open questions when coaching a colleague.

Coaching in the Workplace (YouTube)

  • Short clip explaining what coaching conversations in the workplace entails.

What is the difference between coaching and mentoring? (YouTube)

  • Four-minute clip from NHS Elect explaining the difference between coaching and mentoring.

What coaching is (YouTube)

  • Confused what coaching is? Watch this short, animated video to learn more.

To coach, to mentor, or both? (YouTube)

  • A short animation exploring the differences between coaching and mentoring and their relevant applications.

Building Coaching and Mentoring Capacity highlights (YouTube)

  • Building Coaching and Mentoring Capacity in the NHS.

What is mentoring (YouTube)

  • Five-minute video on what is mentoring from both a mentor and mentee perspective.

How to Be a Mentor (YouTube)

  • Five-minute video on how to be a mentor.

Mentoring Skills: The art of questions (YouTube)

  • Nine-minute training session on the art of questioning in mentoring.

Co-Active Coaching Toolkit (

  • The Co-Active Coaching Toolkit is a free database of resources available for you for download and use with your coaching clients.

Coaching Conversations for Leadership Development (

  • Coaching Conversations and Resources.

Professional mentoring resources (

  • Everything you need to build your best mentoring program yet.

Coaching and Mentoring factsheets (

  • CIPD factsheets to identify ways to apply coaching and mentoring principles as part of an overall learning and development strategy.

Coaching and Mentoring Toolkit (

  • Coaching and Mentoring Health and Wellbeing Toolkit.

Mentoring worksheets (

  • Worksheets designed to support mentoring young people, but useful for all ages.

Tips and tools for successful mentoring (

  • Some great tips and tools so you can begin the exciting journey to do all that’s necessary to attract, and offer, awesome, high-level help.