What is mentoring?
The word ‘mentoring’ originally describes a sponsorship between the mentor, an experienced individual and the mentee, a younger employee or newcomer of an organisation. A mentor’s task is the mediation of the organisation structure and rules. The mentee gets a career-oriented consultation and shall build loyalty to the company. Obviously, there is a gradient between the mentor and the mentee. However, in this case, mentoring is usually limited to the organisation’s interests. It aims at the reduction of the turnover rate as well as the long-term binding of the employee to the firm. Mentoring may also include personal interests on a semi-charitable basis. The mentor wishes to pass on some important knowledge, so the mentee can benefit from his experience.
What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?
Coaching is more likely task oriented. The coach teaches the student how to develop certain skills sports, time management, better speaking, working more effectively or learning to think strategically. It requires a content expert who is capable of teaching such skills. Coaching is also short term and performance driven. Once the coachee successfully acquires the skills to be taught, the coach is no longer needed.
Mentoring seeks to provide a safe environment and is more likely relationship orientated. The focus is beyond the professional work areas. It often includes teaching self-confidence, setting goals and staying committed to them.
Today, the meaning of mentorship describes a lot more than that.
It is of great advantage in all kinds of life situations. A mentor is able to make you see and understand things from a different perspective. It’s about bringing to the surface, what was not visible before. You are taught to clarify your goals and to establish keen desires. And when you start to nurture the new thoughts and ideas, your mentor will encourage and motivate you. Virtually or personally.
Do I need a mentor?
Well, I think everybody should have a mentor. Mentoring tends to focus on the future. We are often not able to re-write our mindset that keeps us from getting ahead on our own. To accomplishing broader skills for personal or career development, it takes somebody who we are listening to.
You may stay with a mentor for a lifetime. Or you may follow another one every now and then. Either way, learning how to change your paradigm for a better life and future can’t be any wrong. Right? A person can always develop his or herself and should not hesitate to do so. We are meant to learn and grow constantly.