MENTORS

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another
(the mentoree) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

A mentor may use counselling skills such as active listening, reflecting and clarifying to help the learner to gain insight.The mentor may take on a counsellor role if it becomes clear that the learner is struggling with an internal block to their thinking.


A mentor is an

  • Adviser
  • Role-Model
  • Critical Friend

The role often requires in giving constructive feedback, and strong emotional intelligence and awareness of feelings

A mentoring relationship can provide a mentoree with :

  • greater clarity on life and career
  • choices and their own career goals
  • new insight on the company's culture and organization
  • different perspectives and cultural values
  • the opportunity to develop new networks of contacts
  • access to new resources
  • likelihood of career success
  • greater career satisfaction

In addition to the benefits gained by mentees and their mentors, organizations also gain a great deal from having a mentoring
program. Mentoring contributes to the development of a pipeline of talent and provides a process to transfer formal leadership skills from today's leaders to the leaders of the future.

It can result in :

  • employees with greater knowledge of the business and organization
  • retention of staff
  • improved productivity through networking
  • improved communication throughout the organization

Finally, organizations that support mentoring demonstrate their commitment to the development and advancement of their employees.

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