n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - The up-coming psychologists need mentors : chapter 19

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Mentoring is an important tool to help employees grow, develop and perform their ultimate best. Throughout history and across the world and continents, mentoring has been used to develop apprentices or protégés. Authors in all disciplines have written about people who have changed their lives; referring to these individuals as mentors. The authors assert that mentoring relationship fosters professional and personal growth in the young or inexperienced by teaching them the skills needed for successful completion of professional tasks and by helping them develop the confidence to try new behaviours (Kelly & Schweitzer, 1999). Accomplished individuals have also reported that influential mentors were second in importance only to education as a factor in their career success (International Executive's Profile, 1990). These support the assertion - everyone who makes it has a mentor (Lunding, Clements, & Perkins, 1978). Effective mentorship is a great way to help individuals accelerate their learning and consequently increase their motivation and confidence and crucial to career development. Mentoring could be the driver of any change in job and career outcomes (Allen, Eby, Poteet, Lentz, & Lima, 2004). Goldsmith, Kaye, Shelton and Tice (2000) asserted that effective mentors, unshakably convinced that their mentee have greatness in them and have a clear vision of what is possible end up convincing their mentees too that they have greatness.

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