“My mentor did not instruct me or provide on the spot-coaching or training. Instead he challenged me; he encouraged me to think through issues and approaches with his painfully difficult to answer questions and he served as a source of wisdom when I needed it most. While our relationship as mentor and mentee ended after I changed companies, his impact carries through in my work today.”
As shown by the above quote, a positive mentoring relationship is something that can be extremely impactful on an employee’s personal development, not just during the mentoring relationship but throughout their professional lives.
A good mentoring relationship provides new employees with someone that will help them to find their own answers to any questions that they have, as well as sharing their professional knowledge and expertise in the field.
At the same time, although there may be some frustrations along the way, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the best mentoring relationships are those that operate as a two-way process, with significant benefits and potential skills development to be gained by those undertaking the mentoring role.
In this short course, you have looked at what mentoring means and the benefits this process provides for all parties.
In addition, you have learned about the qualities that are associated with good mentoring relationships and focused on some of the key skills that mentors typically find themselves having to draw on.
We hope this will provide you with the start that you need and wish you and your mentee the very best of luck in your journey together.