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What Makes A Good Mentor?

Sharing and benefiting from collective knowledge is a cornerstone of a modern workplaces, with caching and mentoring programmes more prevalent than ever. Becoming a mentor to another member of your organisation is a fulfilling and rewarding way to give back to the people around you, as well as honing your own skills in presentation, interpersonal relations, teaching and countless others.

Coaching Vs Mentoring

While the two are often referred to as synonymous activities, there are actually vast differences between the acts of coaching and mentoring people, which are essential to understand before taking on either role.

Before deciding to go ahead with coaching, ask yourself;

  • Is the purpose of this training task oriented?
  • Is this a short-term training solution?
  • Is this the success of this training going to be measured by performance?
  • Will the training involve the trainee’s manager?

If the answer to the questions above is ‘yes’, then coaching is the right way forward. If not, then you will need to consider mentoring as the right step forward.

What makes a mentor?

The role of the mentor, primarily, is to build capability. The mentor will try to help the learner to identify and develop their own wisdom, as well as centering the activity around the learner’s personal goals. In most cases, the mentor will not be the line manager of the mentee, leading to a more relaxed relationship where strong bonds are usually formed. The relationship should be mutually beneficial to both parties.

  • A good mentor will be committed to learning; improving their own knowledge and skillset as well as helping others to learn and improve.
  • They will ensure that the relationship is offline and confidential, building trust in the partnership.
  • The mentor will focus on the personal goals of the learner
  • They will be excited to start this relationship which could outlast the mentoring time span
  • They will exhibit the qualities of a good listener, and will be naturally empathetic personality types

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