Mentoring is one of the most effective tools supporting self-development. It is based on partnership between the master and their disciple.
Mentor shares their knowledge, experience, tools, network, and helps their mentee in reaching career goals, making the right decisions, and taking the right actions. Mentor becomes the role model – does not force solutions but can guide their mentee and advise them in what is the right thing to do in general or in a particular situation.
Mentoring enables mentees to reach their potential, motivate them, and make the most of the available resources. Very often it becomes a huge leap in their professional development.
Mentoring and coaching
Both tools are similar and rely on mutual work but they are not the same. A coach supports one’s personal, career and business development. A coachee individually choses their goals and means to achieve them. The aim of both coaches and mentors is giving help in transforming ideas into concrete goals, and supporting the mentee/coachee on the way.
Mentor, on the other hand, is a person that not only supports but also shares their knowledge. They listen to their mentee’s needs, responds and comments on them, relating to their own experience. They set tasks appropriate for development and ask questions. Mentors may also suggest solutions.
Transparent and engaged communication based on mutual trust is crucial for both coaching and mentoring relations.