'Mentoring involves primarily listening with empathy, sharing experience, professional friendship, developing insight through reflection, being a sounding board, encouraging' David Clutterbuck.
Mentoring is a development activity, which is rooted in self-management and enables the mentee to:
- Foster self-reliance, self-confidence and a belief in their own potential;
- Identify their own development needs and goals;
- Write their own development plans;
- Solve problems by analysing, reflecting and enhancing their self-awareness.
Consequently, the mentor acts as a conduit to self-discovery and reflection and offers the mentee space and time to make their own decisions. This may mean,
- helping to set goals and identify opportunities to develop
- offering the opportunity to try out new ideas in safety
- giving time and space and helping to problem solve
- giving encouragement and feedback
- helping to develop connections
- sharing your own experiences
- challenging the status quo
- being inspirational