Chapter 1

What is mentoring? And what is it not?

I worked with Laurence Olivier some years ago. He was a great mentor.

Anthony Hopkins, actor

In this chapter:

  • Gain a clearer sense of what a mentor is.
  • Learn how mentoring is distinct from any other support relationship.
  • Consider examples of mentors from stories and real life to support your understanding of the role.
  • Discover the typical benefits of mentoring, both for individuals and for organisations.
  • Understand when mentoring might not be the best option for a situation.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who takes on the role of a trusted adviser, supporter, teacher and wise counsel to another person. A mentor adopts a primarily selfless role in supporting the learning, development and ...

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