The mentoring relationship is characterized by openness to others, reciprocity, generosity and voluntarism. It extends over a period of time that is long enough to facilitate the transitions of actual personal and professional experience; promotes self-realization and contributes to the development of those involved. It can develop as part of a formal program, when an organization promotes this mode of personal and professional learning and development. It is advantageous to be framed by ethical rules defined in terms of objectives.
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Mentoring is an interpersonal relationship based on support, exchange and learning, in which a person invests their experience, wisdom and expertise to promote the development of another person who strives to acquire certain skills and/or achieve professional objectives.
The mentor is an experienced individual who has the confidence and wisdom to value the transfer of personal expertise to other, less experienced individuals. They are motivated and willing to offer their skillset, knowledge and share their vision of life to someone less experienced, so that this person can achieve his/her personal and professional goals.
The mentee is a person looking for personal and professional fulfillment, motivated to use the knowledge, skills, and values offered by a mentor in order to achieve personal and professional goals.
The benefits of mentoring for the mentor and mentee
Sharing of values, vision, knowledge, and practices. Reinvestment of shared knowledge and creative continuity (renewal of practices, innovations …). Consistency in practices. More effective cooperation. Innovation, increased creativity. Ongoing learning. Professional development. Well-being, satisfaction and quality of life at work. Greater vitality felt.
The benefits for mentee
Better understanding of the environment, organizational culture (information and experiential knowledge). Greater access to certain resources and knowledge. Extended business network. Skills and career development . Increased ability to adapt to situations. Professional autonomy. Professional identity consolidation . Sense of belonging. Confidence, self-esteem. Sense of personal efficacy.