What is Mentoring? Mentoring refers to a personal, developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person provides short, medium or long-term professional support to a less experienced or less knowledgeable person to assist them within their professional or personal situation in order to develop and achieve their goals.
In other words, mentoring is supporting and encouraging people to manage their own learning in order that they maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.
Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and personal lives and has grown in popularity over the past few years. It is a partnership between two people, the Mentor and the Mentee, normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. The relationship must be based upon mutual trust and respect.
The role of the mentor is to guide and help the mentee to find the right direction and to help them to develop solutions to career and or personal issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about options, directions and progress.
Some benefits of having a Mentor
– An increased self-awareness and self-discipline
– A source of stretch and challenge
– Provided with sounding board and feedback
– A personalised training and development programme
– Expanded personal network and other learning resources
– Experience of different options and opinions
– Support through transitions
– Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
– A safe space to try out ideas
– Access to information
Benefits to the Mentor
– A personal fulfilment from investing in and supporting others
– Increased communication, managerial and mentoring skills
– The enjoyment of a rewarding challenge
– To feel “valued” as a role model
– Personal and self learning through the two way learning relationship
– Improved personal performance
– Increase insights into relationships with other people
– Being challenged
– An opportunity to take time out and reflect
The on-line Mentor Matching facility is provided by our partner network: Business Best Practice and delivered by BBPN. For more information about Northern Soho please visit our Website or join us at one of our Meetings.