Mentoring vs. Everything Else: The Unique Role of a Mentor

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So what is mentoring? I’ve always considered it to be a career coach of some kind who tells you what to do to be successful. First of all, this couldn’t farther from the essence of a mentor. What could it be then? It seems like we tend to confuse mentors with coaches and coaches with trainers and trainers with consultants… Due to similarities between each relationship, it seems like one could take the role of another while still fulfilling the main goal.

Mentoring relationships are unique from all other relationships due to the mentor’s role. Since each one has common characteristics, I’ve put together a simple and short outline of each.

Mentoring

A mentor has the relevant skills, experience, and perspective sought by a mentee. Therefore, their interest lies with the person; who they are and where they want to go. Every conversation is important and the content of that conversation makes all the difference. The success of mentors is not gauged by that of their mentees because of the inherent role they play.

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Coaching

A coach facilitates a process of listening, questioning, and action for people to act for themselves. Coaches will implement their unique processes upon an individual to become successful.

Training

Training comes with an inherent responsibility to transfer knowledge and theory to an individual or group. Trainers practice different approaches that encourage development/learning with exercises, engagement, and interest. As a result, the trainer must ensure their success as it could become a reflection of their own.

Consultancy 

Consultants provide a service. They have relevant knowledge and experience, along with methods of improving a business practice. Their goal is to target a specific situation while attempting to maintain an impartial view. Judged on their ability to effect improvement and change, their role almost always demands full involvement.

Does that clear it up?

Let’s try a final definition.

“Mentoring is a distinct relationship where one person (the mentor) supports learning, developments, and progress of another person (the mentee). A mentor provides support by offering information, advice, and assistance in a way that empowers the menteeMentoring is dependent on the willingness of the people who are engaged in it.”

We can view this entire relationship as a journey. There are set goals for both parties and they work together to reach those goals.

In conclusion, the mentoring relationship is unique in its own ways. In addition to learning and growing, a mentor is simply there for you. If mentoring interests you I encourage you to pick “The Mentoring Manual” by Julie Starr and learn more! You can find it here.

Kasra is Co-Founder and COO of Mintor where he is responsible for the operations and vision of the company. Outside of Mintor, his hobbies are playing tennis, eating tacos and watching Narcos.

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