Mentoring is a powerful skill that can help move individuals forward on developmental and performance goals. In this article we define 'what is mentoring' and how you can become an effective mentor.
What is mentoring?
Here are some definitions to clarify what mentoring is.
Mentoring is a form of employee development whereby a trusted and respected person “the mentor” uses their experience to offer guidance, encouragement, career advice, and support to another person “the mentee”. The aim of mentoring is to facilitate the mentee's learning and development and to enable them to discover more about their potential. Mentoring can occur informally or it can be arranged by means of an organisational program.Source:Bnet.co.uk
According the Oxford Dictionary the word mentor has its origins from Greek history.
"In Greek Mentōr, the name of the adviser of the young Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey."
To be an effective mentor you should first be comfortable as to what is coaching. To facilitate development and ideas from the Mentee, the Mentor should use coaching questions to structure the sessions they have.
Key Skills of a Mentor are the ability to:
Coaching versus Mentoring?
We're often asked what are the differences between coaching and mentoring. They are similar in so many ways, yet when we use them can make a difference. For the perceptive of you you will notice that there are some similarities to
As general rule the differences are as follows:
Pass on knowledge & skills
Facilitating sSelf learning
May have no knowledgeNon-Expert
Solicits the answer