What is mentoring?
There are many definitions, from the very brief ‘a learning relationship’, to ‘helping people to take charge of their own development, release their potential and achieve results that they value’ and ‘helping someone become better at helping themselves’. Mentors may have several roles, including sounding board, critical friend, facilitator, networker, coach and role model. Each mentoring relationship is different. Some are intense and last over time, whereas others are brief, and related to a specific situation.