What is Mentoring?
- Structured, one-to-one relationship or partnership that focuses on the needs of the mentored participant(s)
- Fosters caring and supportive relationships
- Encourages individuals to develop to their fullest potential
- Helps an individual to develop his or her own vision for the future
- Is a strategy to develop active community partnerships
Types of Mentoring
- Traditional mentoring (one to one)
- Group mentoring (one to as many as four people)
- Team mentoring (several leaders working with small groups of people)
- Peer mentoring (caring peers mentoring other people their own age)
- E-mentoring (mentoring via email and the Internet)
How can Mentoring Help?
- It can improve a person’s attitudes toward their job, family, friends and life.
- It can encourage people to stay motivated and focused on their education and career.
- It can provide a positive, more effective way for professionals to spend their free time.
- It helps people face daily challenges.
- It offers people the opportunity to consider new career paths and acquire much-needed economic skills and knowledge.
What are the Benefits of Having a Mentor?
A mentor is a leader willing to devote time to another person’s needs in order to help them achieve success (very similar to a coach). Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same common goal: to help people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.
Our mentors understand they are not meant to replace a boss, friend or family member. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker. Instead, a mentor echoes and emphasizes the positive values and care values that that person is being taught (or should be) on a daily basis.
What is the Main Purpose of a Mentor?
To help a person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of every person varies, the mentor’s job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor’s and that individual’s needs and goals.
What is an Example of a Way a Mentor Could Help?
A few examples a mentor may help:
- Helping plan a project plan and projection for prospects
- Setting career goals and starting to take steps to realize them
- Making healthy choices about day-to-day life, from food to exercise and beyond
- Thinking through an issues and concluding that there are always multiple ways to solve a problem