The mentoring relationship
Why seek a mentor?
An individual may be interested in gaining greater insight into management and leadership practices and the ability to implement them confidently and flexibly, or perhaps interested in developing softer skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.
Why be a mentor?
While being the mentor in a relationship may sound like a one-way street for development, mentors also regularly report that their own communication skills are enhanced and that the investment they make in their mentee is returned in extended networks, greater insight into the challenges and opportunities available across the broader ecosystem and community, a sense of enhanced purpose and connection to their profession, and an opportunity to spot and nurture talent.