Define mentoring

Read the following definitions of mentoring and choose one to record in the front of your journal.

  • An alliance of two people that creates a space for dialogue that results in reflection, action and learning for both. (Rolfe-Flett, 2001)
  • Typically, it is a one-to-one relationship between a more experienced and a less experienced employee. It is based upon encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share. (Spencer, 1999)
  • Mentoring is the process by which an expert person facilitates learning in the mentee through the arrangement of specific learning experiences. (Tovey, 1999)
  • A mentor is a person who sponsors or supports another employee who is lower in the organisation. (Robins et al., 2000)

Rolfe-Flett, A 2002, Mentoring Australia: A practical guide, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, p.2.

  • Mentoring relationships are helping relationships usually focused on achievement … mentoring includes any or all of three broad components: (a) emotional and psychological support, (b) direct assistance with career and professional development, (c) role modelling … Mentoring relationships are reciprocal relationships. The mentor as well as the protégé derives benefits from the relationship … Mentoring relationships are personal … Relative to their protégés, mentors show greater experience, influence, and achievement within a particular organisation or environment.

Caldwell, J & Carter, E (eds) 1993, The Return of the Mentor: Strategies for workplace learning, Farmer Press, London, p.57.

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