n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Mentorship as a tool for HR : local government experience : chapter 8

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



One key tool that has been adopted in addition to formal learning events is mentoring (or mentorship). Mentoring may be defined as a relationship between a junior, often younger, person (referred to as the mentee or the protégé) and a senior person (the mentor) by virtue of which the mentor serves as a guide, counselor, confidant, adviser and role model to the protégé. The mentor is also a source of knowledge, experience and inspiration to the protégé. This definition focuses on the mentoring relationship. Mentoring may also be defined in terms of the expected results. The following description of the mentoring process appeared in an article in the Havard Business Review (HBR) in 1978 (quoted in David Clutterbuck's every one needs a mentor, 1985).

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