The complexity of the issues and nature of challenges now facing many organisations mean that individuals need to adapt quickly and develop new competencies. Paired support relationships like mentoring can, when linked to key strategic organisational goals, lead to greater success.
What is Mentoring?
A definition from Christopher Conway’s ‘Strategies for Mentoring’ states:
“Mentoring in organisations is a private relationship between two individuals based on a mutual desire for development towards an organisational objective. The relationship is a non-reporting one and infringes none of the organisational structures in place. It is additional to other forms of assistance, not a replacement”.
Why Mentoring is Important.
“Having Rama as my mentor in Whitbread allowed me to succeed in many areas of personal development I never thought were possible. Over the years as I progressed up the management ladder, Rama was always there to point me in the right direction. Without him I wouldn’t be sitting here in the Pyrenees ‘living my dream’.”
Alistair Norman, Director, Pyrenees Adventures
Benefits seen in having external Mentors are:
- sounding board
Mentees are known to gain the following benefits:
- clarity of personal vision
- knowledge of barriers to personal performance
- improved self-confidence
- helping to overcome barriers
- improved ability to handle stress
Qualities of a good Mentor:
- are open about themselves
- are open about the business
- obtain feedback
- make it two way
- are caring
- are human
- are available
- are committed
- are good listeners
- are counsellors