The best mentors strive to mold their mentees into future leaders rather than just
competent followers. Serving as a mentor has many challenges and rewards. The long-term effects of mentoring, if done correctly, can benefit both parties in ways that can change their lives and careers.
Coaching and Mentoring: Comparative but Not the Same
It might be misleading when the phrases mentoring and coaching are used
interchangeably. Even though the positions assist someone's development in a similar
way, they include various disciplines in actual practice.
A long-term connection centered on fostering the mentee's development and growth
constitutes mentoring. The mentor shifts from being an observer and advisor on specific
acts or behavioral adjustments in daily work to a source of wisdom, instruction, and
A connection of limited duration is often included in coaching, with the goal of
strengthening or removing particular behaviors in the present. In relation to a certain set
of activities, coaches assist experts in modifying behaviors that hinder performance or
enhancing those that enable higher performance.
What Does "Mentor" Mean?
One may legitimately claim that a figure from Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" was the
mentor's first pupil. Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, gave Mentor a charge over his realm
before he left to participate in the Trojan War. Mentor also functioned as Telemachus,
the son of Odysseusteacher,'s and mentor.
Why Find a Mentor?
Let's say a bright person gets a job in sales and is mentored by a senior sales executive.
The senior executive could mentor the rookie salesman as they grow as business
leaders, strategists, and professionals.
It's possible that the mentor won't give the sales associate procedure instructions or on-the-job coaching or training.
Instead, they will pose challenging, hard-to-answer
questions, act as a sounding board when necessary, and push their mentee to think through problems and alternatives. The mentor-mentee relationship usually ends when
the mentee switches employers, but the senior executive's influence continues to be felt
in the mentee's work for the duration of their career.
What a Mentor Provides Mentee?
● Has a long-term perspective on your development and growth
● Gives you a glimpse of the destination but no comprehensive route map
● Provides support and cheerleading, but not instruction
What a Mentor Never Does
● Act as a coach or teacher
● Act as your own champion within the workplace, just like your supervisor would;
the connection is more casual.
● I'll describe the steps to you.
● Assist you with transactional, urgent issues
● Act as a therapist or counselor
Responsibility of the Mentee
Discuss and compare expectations for the mentor and mentee roles when you first
choose a mentor and start a relationship. Explain your roles and how you two will communicate, comprehend professional objectives, follow through, and problem-solve as necessary going ahead.
Your job and your personal life can both benefit from having a mentor. Bring to the
partnership a desire to put in a lot of effort and reasonable expectations for the position.
You might not immediately feel the effects of a mentor's advice and experience, but you
will eventually recognize their positive effects and move on to mentor others.