What exactly is mentoring?

Susan Buglass

Susan Buglass

Mar 19 — 1 min read
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Mentoring can be hugely rewarding for both mentor and mentee
Photo by Hans-Peter Gauster on Unsplash

There are many definitions of mentoring, but no single authoritative definition. Depending on context, you many want to define it differently, but as a working definition we would say:

"Mentoring is a time-limited developmental partnership, in which the mentee self-identifies the need or desire to work on one or more developmental goals, and where the mentor is usually someone with the right experience and background to work with the mentee to address these goals. The process is a collaborative one, based on trust and confidentiality, where both parties take on the ownership and responsibility for the success of the partnership"

Why mentoring?

If you get it right, a mentoring relationship can bring great benefits. As a process to support learning and development it has the potential for far more and longer lasting impact than traditional training alone.

Our own experience has shown that even years after the end of mentoring partnerships, mentees can point to specific long-term benefits. Sometimes these are 'intangibles' such as greater clarity about career planning and aspirations, or greater confidence. Often there are more concrete outcomes which have been identified, such as changing career, getting a new job or succeeding in some activity or enterprise.

As with many things, it can be difficult to be absolutely sure about the cause and effect, but in our work, mentees themselves have attributed many different positive outcomes - at least in part - to their mentoring experience.

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This post was originally published on sumacmentoring.co.uk

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