Mentorship refers to a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. However, true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc help. It is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog, and challenge.
“Mentoring” is a process that always involves communication and is relationship based, but its precise definition is elusive. One definition of the many that have been proposed, is
Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé).
- Why mentoring is good for your business: the wisdom of the mound (upandrunning.bplans.com)
- The First Rule of Mentorship: Be Present – Roger L. Durham – goodmenproject.com (johndwmacdonald.com)
- Mentoring Youth Matters (psychologytoday.com)
- Mentorship (aarikariddle.com)
- Best practices for corporate mentoring programs (slideshare.net)
- How To Find And Use A Mentor (forbes.com)
- The Treer Group is Offering a New Mentorship Program Development Service to Help Businesses Accelerate Staff Development (prweb.com)
- Why Mentoring Matters (juliabrownblog.wordpress.com)
- Benefits of mentoring (reed.co.uk)
- Moving Your Mentoring Relation To A Whole New Level (engageconsulting.wordpress.com)