Mentoring is a relationship of mutual trust where an experienced individual shares knowledge, skills and information to foster the personal and professional growth of someone who is less experienced.
Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction
John C. Crosby
The Mentor’s Role
A mentor is often defined as a ‘professional friend’ or ‘supportive challenger’.
The role of a mentor is to provide a mentee with support that will encourage them to find they own solutions and tackle problems effectively. A mentor should be a sounding board, someone to share ideas with and approach for help. A mentor needs to provide support by signposting a mentee into the right directions, often by challenging their assumptions.
Benefits of Mentoring
- Job enrichment
- Satisfaction of role modelling and sharing experiences
- Development of skills: coaching, management and counselling
- Increased motivation through shared experiences
- Development of skills, both personal and professional
- Identification of learning and development gaps
- Access to networks and organisational knowledge
For the University:
- Demonstrates commitment to learning and development
- Improved communication across the organisation
- Increased motivation of all parties involved
- Helps develop diverse groups of staff and remove barriers that may hinder their success