Mentoring is: sharing, and letting the other make their own decisions. It's more than a relationship in which knowledge is passed from one to the other, mentor to mentee. It's a reciprocal relationship where both mentor and mentee benefit, grow and learn.

Key Ideas
Patience/ Good Listener
Win - Win

Other characteristics of Mentoring.
Communication Skills


Some common forms of mentoring are:


This is the traditional model of mentoring where the mentor is paired with the mentee. There typically will be an extensive matching process to insure a strong relationship, and it is expected that the commitment will be for one year or longer. Big Brothers/Big Sisters is an example of a One-to-One mentoring program.
Team Mentoring
This form of mentoring matches a group of professionals with a group of people in a structured setting. Examples might include a family or group of adult volunteers working with youth in a church program; or a group of employees from a specific dept. working with students from a local school in a work based mentoring program).
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One or two volunteers build a relationship with a group through regular meetings. Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts are good examples of this type of mentoring.

Mentoring Philosophies:

Mental Model is a philosophy or a set of attitudes we hold with respect to a particular issue; the model includes underlying assumptions about the way the world works, about how the issue affect other people, and about how society might respond to or be affected by the issues. (Ensher and Murphy, p. 104)

  • Corporate Citizen
    • Has a view to helping ensure the preparedness of the next generation of corporate leadership
  • Pragmatic Mentor
    • Focus on mentoring as way of receiving reciprocal benefits,as in a transaction.
  • Global Citizen
    • See mentoring as social duty and a way of giving back to society
  • Master Mentor