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'Mentoring involves primarily listening with empathy, sharing experience, professional friendship, developing insight through reflection, being a sounding board, encouraging' David Clutterbuck.

Mentoring is a development activity, which is rooted in self-management and enables the mentee to:

  • Foster self-reliance, self-confidence and a belief in their own potential;
  • Identify their own development needs and goals;
  • Write their own development plans;
  • Solve problems by analysing, reflecting and enhancing their self-awareness.

Consequently, the mentor acts as a conduit to self-discovery and reflection and offers the mentee space and time to make their own decisions. This may mean,

  • helping to set goals and identify opportunities to develop
  • offering the opportunity to try out new ideas in safety
  • giving time and space and helping to problem solve
  • giving encouragement and feedback
  • helping to develop connections
  • sharing your own experiences
  • challenging the status quo
  • being inspirational