Mentoring is a traditional form of professional development. Colleagues with less experience or colleagues on an accelerated path have a ‘go to’ person who can give advice on the system they are both in, and who can also act as their thinking partner on how to progress their development within that system.
It is a leadership skill which develops partnerships designed for knowledge and skills retention, and which helps other colleagues navigate the dynamics and culture of the organisation. It gives seasoned colleagues an opportunity to contribute to the professional development of their mentees which results in an increased sense of loyalty to the company in both. Thus, mentoring strengthens a sense of belonging, accelerates ‘insider learning’ and has a significant impact on employee retention.
Mentoring is a way to:
- Create a learning organisation
- Develop internal relationships
- Offer a developmental pathway
- Raise job satisfaction
- Improve staff retention
- Improve knowledge flow
- Preserve unwritten know-how
- Give senior colleagues a way of leaving a legacy
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