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The characteristics of effective inter-organisational management mentors

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Mentors have long played a significant role in the development of individuals within organisations. One of the more successful approaches to mentoring has been interorganisational schemes where mentors from other organisations help new and developing leaders and managers to get to grips with their role and to see things from different perspectives.

In brief, mentoring has been found to fall into two basic categories:

  1. Career function mentoring. Such mentoring focuses on learning from an experienced manager or leader and helping the individual become more effective within the role. This can include mentors from the same industry or different industries focusing on the role as manager or leader.
  2. Psychosocial functioning mentoring. This is where individuals gain support and insight around their own personal development and is often more akin to counselling and friendship.

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