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Accountability Partner vs Accountability Coach

By Darren Finkelstein
By Darren Finkelstein

The Accountability Guy®

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Which do you need Accountability Partner or Accountability Coach

Which do you need Accountability Partner or Accountability Coach?

Why your business is stalling and your To-Do List never gets “To Done”. Plus the unfair advantage that overworked business owners are using to achieve more, in less time, and without overwhelm or distraction holding them back.

Accountability means understanding and accepting that we are responsible and answerable for our actions and everything we do. It means taking responsibility for the way we act around others and with ourselves. Accountability is not just a concept; it is a way of life that helps us take charge of our thoughts and actions and direct our energies towards achieving more significant success and positivity in our lives.

If you’re tired of your business running in circles, feeling overwhelmed or worried that you’re missing out on opportunities for growth, then keep reading because you’re about to discover a major breakthrough in your business.

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Before I get to the nitty-gritty, I want you to know that you’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to have all these ideas, but unable to execute them.

Or when you suspect there might be gaps and missed opportunities in your business, but you struggle to spot them, much less act on them.

I know what it’s like to want to reach your goals faster, take on new projects and grow your business… but having nobody you can turn to for support, encouragement and to help you Get Sh!t Done.

And I know how it feels when your goals feel more like dreams and desires…

… sometimes vague, sometimes specific, but always unmet and buried deep in that ever-growing To-Do List. Or when you feel so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming!

Now that you notice you may, in fact, need some help to get through this extended period of uncertainty, you’re now facing. Now is the time to decide whether you need an accountability partner, or an accountability coach and mentor.

In this post, I will explain the differences between each and provide some insight to help you make the right decision.

When it comes to accountability, no shortcut can get you everything you need. The process of accountability must be met with hard work and a dedicated and positive mindset. This will ensure significant progress and success. Sometimes, when we tackle the challenges of incorporating accountability into our life or business, it is wise to acquire the help of an individual who has gone through the process themselves and knows how to help you reach your goals easier.

In this post, we will review the differences between an Accountability Coach and a Mentor.
Find out what situations are best suited to their different roles for your life or business.

The Differences

The difference between a Coach and a Mentor is not in the process or method of working. It’s in the extent to which they are directly involved in the accountability process of your teams of yourself. Coaching is more performance driven, designed to improve the professional’s on-the-job performance. Mentoring is more development driven. Mentors look not just at the professional’s current job function but beyond, taking a more holistic approach to career development and drawing on the Mentor past success in knowing what’s worked and what has not.

Best Suited for a Mentor

Situations and requirements that suit and merit a Mentor’s services are best defined as when your team already has some relevant experience and knowledge when it comes to accountability and does not require constant learning and monitoring to find the right groove.

If you or your team are familiar with the fundamental concepts and practical aspects of accountability and require a little help from time to time to sort out new problems, the services of a Mentor are the right choice.

Best Suited for a Coach

Situations that merit a Coach’s services are defined as when you and your teams are just setting off on your accountability journey and need someone to directly guide the way and teach you and your teams how to implement the concepts and practices of accountability. When you and your team are new to the world of accountability and prefer to learn and improve as you go along, it is best to choose the services of an accountability coach in this situation.

What is an Accountability Coach?

An accountability coach or mentor is a professional who has built their career around guiding individuals such as yourself towards more significant achievements through their accountability journey. With an accountability coach or mentor, you can expect a more hands-on approach. The role they play may not be highly personalized, as the accountability coach/mentor may be helping multiple individuals simultaneously, but it’s even better if you can find one person with sound knowledge, great experiences and can ‘walk the talk’.

This means that you can go to them for help when you need it, and get greater insight into your progress, while having to compromise a bit on the time they can devote to you alone.

How An Effective Accountability Program works?

Using a proven framework and specific strategies, this program will ensure that you and your team are held accountable in a way that’s proven to get results.

To understand why this program works, let’s look closer at why you’re struggling to achieve your goals right now.

According to a study in the US, the probability of completing a goal is:

10% – If you have an actual idea or goal.

25% – If you consciously decide you will do it.

40% – If you decide when you will do it.

50% – If you plan how you will do it.

65% – If you commit to someone you will do it.

95% – If you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to.

After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your; goals, promises, obligations and commitments alone?

This program will ensure you and your organisation are placed into the 95% zone, where goals get smashed and your business moves forward predictably every week, month and year.


Choosing either a Coach or a Mentor eventually falls to your personal preferences and requirements. Using the short guidelines mentioned above, you can evaluate your needs and decide the best fit for the situation. If you’re looking for guidance, support and insights from someone who’s been there, there’s no substitute for a mentor. If you need a trained practitioner to provide accountability, a professional coach is the ideal candidate. Individuals seeking help and support often turn to a variety of resources to achieve results.

The goal is to find the most practical, convenient, and most comfortable way to incorporate accountability in your personal life. You should also do this for your business environment. We hope that you will find the article informative, and we wish you good luck with your journey.

Right now, you have an incredible opportunity to obliterate overwhelm and procrastination to get clear on your goals and actually achieve them, for the first-time in a long time.

In a matter of days, you will have stopped going around in circles and start executing like the boss you wanted to be.

In just weeks from now, as more of your goals get knocked over, you’ll uncover new opportunities that would have stayed hidden for years or perhaps forever.

You’ll turn vague dreams into bitesize action plans that get completed, without excuses or distractions.

As the months’ pass, you’ll be able to manage bigger, bolder projects with ease, and finally be on top of your business, instead of buried under it.

And you’ll have that to-do list begging for mercy.

Best of all? You’ll stop feeling so overwhelmed, overworked, lost and trapped…

… and start seeing your business grow with crystal clear clarity and unstoppable confidence.