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Definition of Mentoring:

Mentoring is a professional (or personal) relationship wherein the experienced mentor offers expertise and guidance to the new colleague. The idea is to not correct these protegees when they go wrong, but to show them the right path and shape their career. They help the employees to get a sense of the organization’s culture and values. It is not just about creating good employees, it is about creating the next generation of leaders for your company. 

What can a Mentor do?

A mentor plays multiple roles in the protegees life. It is a long term relationship where the mentor offers help and advice on the job, provides coaching and feedback, and supports the protegee in the time of need. To discuss in detail;

Difference between a Mentor and a Coach

While mentoring and coaching are helpful in their own ways, the difference lies in the nature of the relationship. 

Mentorship is a long-term relationship where the focus is on the overall career and personality growth of the protegee. Mentors offer wisdom and guidance that can help not just with job, but can help them become leaders.

Coaching is a short-term relationship where the focus is on building the topical expertise of the employee. Coaching comprises identifying the employees' strengths and weaknesses, offering course correction and testing their performance. Once the employee gains expertise on the said topic, the relationship ceases to exist. 

How to mentor effectively at work?

Mentoring is an effective way of building leaders for tomorrow. Here are some tips that will help you build a great mentorship with your protegee: