n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Mentoring relationship : a protégé experience : chapter 10

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Mentoring which is as old as human race is considered a partnering relationship between a mentor and a protégé with the later developing professional expertise in the former. This relationship could either be formal (planned) or informal (traditional). Formal mentoring relationship restricts every interaction within the organisational goals whereas traditional extends to other spheres of life. Traditional mentoring relationship looks more attractive to protégé in that it occurs through a natural process and affords protégé the opportunity to be as free as possible with the mentor. As it is with any form of relationship, protégé cannot but have a mixture of both the positive and negative mentoring experiences along the line. However, my personal experience as a protégé revealed that mentors do not really mean to hurt the feelings of their protégées, but rather they are attempt to make them gain some degree of confidence. Hence in order to reduce these negative experiences and enhance positive ones, this paper highlights some of the rules of the game for the protégées. It also suggested that traditional (informal) mentoring relationship be encouraged other than the formal (forced) kind of relationship because it is like marrying two incompatibles together.

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