Mentoring in its most basic form is the transfer of knowledge and experience for mutual benefit. It is one of the most powerful methods of developing skills and talent and has become a cornerstone of growth and efficiency within organisations.
Mentoring involves an experienced and credible business manager or leader supporting and developing another, through the sharing of their business experiences and the resulting lessons learned. It is a supportive and inspirational relationship based on trust and mutual respect, and benefits accrue to both participants.
Mentoring is a two-way learning relationship; it is concerned with developing the overall capabilities of the mentee (or learner), and also provides learning and development for the mentor. It supports the mentee by helping to unlock their potential and also in determining which goals to pursue and why. A mentor seeks to build wisdom over an extended period of time – the ability to apply skills, knowledge and experience in new situations and to new problems. Mentors can not only be considered as “sounding boards” but can be viewed as role models to their learners.
In short, mentoring is about developing ability and potential in an individual allowing them to optimise their business performance.
Benefits of Mentoring
Increased self-awareness and self-discipline
Support in transitions
Provided with sounding board and feedback
Accelerated training and development
Expanded personal network and other learning resources
Experience of different options/paths
Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
A safe space to try out ideas
Access to information
A source of stretch and challenge
Mentor Focus -v-Other Learning Relationships