Quality professionals face tough obstacles and unique challenges. They often need special leadership attention but don’t always receive it. That is where mentoring can make a difference.
Mentoring is a leadership tool that helps develop an organization’s managerial talent through interaction between a mentor and a mentee (or protégé). When mentoring, formally or informally, a manager with experience, expertise and wisdom teaches, counsels and helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person to develop professionally and personally.
Mentors ensure younger or less experienced managers are competent and committed to organizational goals. Mentors also have a vocational and psychological impact on the mentee.
Vocational benefits include:
Some of the psychological benefits include:
However, mentoring affects more than just the mentee. It also impacts the organization. Studies suggest that effective mentoring can:
There are many mentoring techniques, but here are six that can positively influence the implementation of a mentoring program:
Continuous improvement is enhanced through the technical and the human side of quality. An excellent way to accomplish this improvement and ensure longer-term growth is through seasoned mentors who are willing to make a commitment in a caring way, which involves taking part in the learning process side-by-side with the mentee.