Mentors are people with greater experience than the people they mentor, and so mentoring is a power relationship, usually in alignment with a specific career path. Mentors often give advice and can be excellent for networking and career development. ICF certified coaches are professional leader developers with specific education, training, ethical standards, and experience developing their clients.
Coaches establish a supportive relationship, in that the student client holds the power and the coach helps to shape the student's development in a tailored fashion. Coaches almost never give specific advice, instead they help student clients reach their own conclusions and goals. Coaches are excellent leader developers. And to clarify, DINL employs only professional leadership coaches whose training is approved by the International Coach Federation. At present we do not use mentors, life coaches, or other untrained advisors.
We don't. Our leader developers help students develop their own pragmatic definition of leadership based on two cultures: their culture of origin, and the culture in which they wish to eventually work. This flexibility is key to tailoring development across our fabulously diverse student body.