What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else.
Types of Mentoring
- Informal—This is what most people think of when they think of mentoring: a spontaneous, casual relationship where a senior person takes a junior person "under his or her wing" and provides long-term guidance and counsel. Yet many people who want mentors do not have them. The desire to give everyone access to mentoring has led many organizations to start "formal" or structured mentoring programs.
- Structured—Structured mentoring programs are designed to create a culture where people can proactively support the development of one another. In these programs, mentors are generally matched with mentees to support specific goals such as leadership development, diversity, or retention.