Our definition of mentoring is “a purposeful and personal relationship in which a mentor provides guidance, feedback and wisdom to facilitate the growth and development of the mentee”. The mentee takes active responsibility for his own learning and development, and the mentor serves as facilitator of that growth.
Mentoring is …
- A relationship in which the mentee takes active responsibility for their learning and development, and the mentor serves as facilitator of that growth;
- Built on the history, experience, and knowledge of both partners;
- A relationship in which the mentor facilitates the mentee’s growth and development by asking thoughtful, thought-provoking questions; and
- A mutually beneficial relationship in which the mentor and mentee share insights, knowledge, and experience.
Mentoring is not …
- A relationship in which the mentee passively receives instruction from the mentor;
- A relationship in which the mentor tries to mold the mentee into a version of themselves; or
- A relationship in which the mentor solves the mentee’s problems or gives them all of the answers.