What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. (Wikipedia)
The characteristics of mentoring are:
- It is essentially a supportive form of development.
- It focuses on helping an individual manage their career and improve skills.
- Personal issues can be discussed more productively unlike in coaching where the emphasis is on performance at work.
- Mentoring activities have both organisational and individual goals.
In terms of career development: mentoring employees gives the opportunity to align organisational goals to personal career goals. It gives employees the ability to advance professionally. This collaboration gives employees a feeling of engagement and means organisational excellence can be disseminated.
The Trust now offers Leadership Mentoring in addition to its well established Clinical Mentoring programme. You can find out more about these by navigating these pages.