I decided to add my two cents to this question? Why? In the last three weeks, I have been asked by a couple of companies if I coach or consult?
I began by trying to explain the simple difference between them.
A coach, in my experience, is one who asks the client the difficult questions in order to get to the real issue/s causing problematic situations.
A consultant, in my experience, is one who has the answers to the situation/s and then leads leaders to learn, adapt, professionally confront, be taught tools, techniques, and insights customized to deal with the issues that have arisen.
With ethics and ethical leadership development as my business for over 30 years, my clients don’t need a coach; they need consultant! They know deep done what their issues are, but they don’t have the expertise, the know-how, the training, the tools, etc. to resolve each issue and in the future other issues that may develop.
Can one person do both? Sure, but I think it depends on the issues and topic. If a client calls me, they already know what the issue/s are. They want help to resolve, be proactive in preventing issues from happening, etc.
In short, I can’t remember when I coached; I consulted this morning.