The word mentoring is originates from the name Mentor in Greek Mythology. Mentor was an old wise man, to whom Ulysses entrusted the education and development of his son Telemachus in Homer's epos The Odyssey.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines mentoring as Ã¢â‚¬Å›to teach or give advice or guidance to (someone, such as a less experienced person or a child): to act as a mentor for (someone) Ã¢â‚¬Å›.
Today, the word mentoring refers to a supportive learning relationship between a caring individual who shares his/her knowledge, experience and wisdom, with another individual who is ready and willing to benefit from this exchange, to enrich his/her professional journey. [Suzanne Faure]
It's important to differentiate Mentoring from Coaching - Mentors do not attempt to advise Mentees directly. They assist and guide their Mentees to come to their own conclusions as to how best to achieve their goals.
The most important characteristics of mentoring are relationship building and trust that develops between the two sides. The Mentor needs to encourage the mentee, provide advice and enable the mentee to see all her qualities and be the best she can be.
In order for the mentoring to be successful, both sides, the Mentor and the Mentee must be willing to both dedicate time and effort to the relationship and to keep at heart the principle of Mentoring.
We would like to invite you to join the WITNET Mentoring program, as a Mentor or as a Mentee.