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04/09/2018
Why Is Mentoring Support Important?
Mentorship from my Point of View
Stella Karl Ćosić, Executive Coach and Leadership Trainer
Mentor in projects of Creative Mentoring and Serbian Association of Managers
Mentorship from my Point of View
How shall I begin the story of mentoring? Maybe it is best to ask you what mentoring means to you and how you interpret that term. For me, mentoring and mentorship are a lot more than a definition. I experience mentoring as a partnership between two people, which represents support in every sense and is intended for learning and development. If we look at this relationship from the formal side, the mentor has the role to lead, share his/her knowledge, skills, and support the mentee in every sense. Essentially, quality mentorship resembles a dance in which dancers create magic together. For me, mentoring is an exchange relationship, a two-way process, equally significant and developmental both for mentors and mentees.

I was lucky enough to have excellent mentors in my life and to be a mentor myself. The process has enriched me enormously, expanded my perspectives, and I have also gained great friends. Have you ever had a mentor or been a mentor yourself? You must have had, even though you may think that you haven't had any, because if you give it a thought, you will remember situations in your life when you have learned a lot from people whom you have come across, and exchanged ideas. Maybe they were people you have never acquainted or met, but they were your role models. Maybe they were your teachers, relatives, colleagues. In addition, there have been many situations in the life of each of you, in which you have unconsciously transferred your experiences and knowledge, your ideas and motivation to others, and thus touched their lives. I just want to tell you that the mentorship is not unknown to you, because we are all a bit mentors and mentees in our life ☺

The only difference is that now you have the opportunity to formalize this relationship and give it a structure and frames.

If you are a mentor, become a partner, the greatest support and cheerleader, and share your knowledge and experience with joy. At the same time, be open to learn new knowledge. Your mentees will open up a wealth of new perspectives for you. If you are a mentee, do not be afraid. You are an equal partner in this dance and you possess everything which is necessary for you to learn, empower and strengthen what you need, and achieve what you want.

Good luck and I wish you a lot of success in your joint growth☺
AUTHOR
Stella Karl Ćosić,
Executive Coach and Leadership Trainer
Mentor in projects of Creative Mentoring and Serbian Association of Managers