Mentoring in the business world, is a developed relationship, or partnership between the Mentor and the Mentee where the Mentor is there to support and encourage people through learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, and improve their performance.
Mentoring is a powerful development and empowerment tool. Mentoring revolves around developing a well-rounded professional and the focus is on the maximization of their career and personal development within their career. This process focuses on the Mentee’s total learning and development in a safe environment for risk taking with positive feedback and accountability.
The Mentor is a seasoned professional or guide, who can help the Mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences, or were in the same field, to gain an empathy with the Mentee and an understanding of their issues. It is a relationship based upon mutual trust and respect. The Mentor is a trusted resource as his experience is both practical, solution based and experiential.
Mentoring although not Coaching, uses some of the skill sets learned in Coaching. In order to be truly effective as a Mentor the understanding of the needs of the Mentee are necessary. A great Mentor applies these Coaching Principles to bring a total well-rounded approach to Mentoring.
A mentor should help the mentee to believe in themselves, boost confidence and decision making skills and skill sets. A mentor should ask questions and challenge the Mentee, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the Mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at themselves, their issues, and their opportunities. Mentoring for the Mentoree is about becoming more self-aware, taking responsibility for their life and career, and directing it in rather than leaving it to chance.
Keys to Mentoring Success:
- Experience is the best teacher and the experience of the Mentor having similar career backgrounds and challenges is of paramount importance to the success of the relationship.
- The relationship and rapport developed is key to the success of the relationship.
- Mentoring usually lasts for a much longer period of time then coaching so the Mentor must be able to commit the time necessary for success.
- Mentor’s experience at Mentoring.
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