Eric Jacobson

The Power Of Mentoring: Formal And Informal

In General Leadership Skills, Leadership, Management, Mentoring on January 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Sports heroes mention their mentors at award ceremonies. Successful business people thank their mentors at career milestone celebrations. Young adults who later become accomplished acknowledge their mentors when asked who was influential in their success.

Mentoring is indeed powerful.

Most leaders have been both a mentor and a mentee at some point in their careers. Sometimes, though, not everyone understands the important difference between informal mentoring and formal mentoring.

  • Formal mentoring is structured, intentional, and short-termed (typically about three to six months). It also requires the support of top management.

As a leader in your workplace, consider establishing a formal mentoring program to supplement the informal mentoring that is surely taking place at your company/organization. And, to offer employees mentoring options for those who can’t participate outside the workplace.

You can learn about formal mentoring from many sources, but here is one resource/company that can provide you with easy-to-follow workbooks for both the mentor and mentee:

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