West Yorkshire Mentor Guide

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a form of learning and development and an increasingly popular tool for supporting personal development. Mentoring is a distinct activity, separate to coaching, which has become a widespread development tool. We all know of famous mentoring relationships. Ian Botham for example was mentored by Brian Close, Kevin Keegan by the great Bill Shankly. There are many business mentoring relationships, notably Chris Gent and Arun Sarin at Vodafone and there are many more examples from politics and other fields. This often leads to the popular belief that mentoring can only be carried out by the best in the field. This is not the case. To paraphrase David Clutterbuck, who has written extensively on mentoring, anyone can be a mentor if they have something to pass on and the skills, time and commitment to do it.


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