Health Education England

What is Mentoring?


 

"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be." - Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

"A person looked upon for wise advice and - Webster’s New World Dictionary

Though a mentor may be a role model, a true mentor does not ask another person to “be like me.” A mentor says, “I will help you be whoever you wish to be.”

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their careers and is becoming increasing popular as its potential is realised. It is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) normally working in a similar field or sharing similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to career issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress.

A mentor should help the mentee to believe in them self and boost their confidence. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life.Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your life and directing your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.

A good mentor is somebody who is happy to share their experiences, knowledge and contacts and is honest about the mistakes they’ve made in the past.

Useful Links

ILM Mentoring for Leaders

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