Mentoring In The Odyssey

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Mentoring A Mentorship program provides an enormous benefit to all parties, especially the mentors and mentees that participate in the program. Mentoring consist of a variety of diverse methods and means of conducting the sessions, opening the door to a vast audience of participants. Time has proven that mentoring plays a significant role in shaping and developing young ones as well as opening new doors for career bounded individuals. Merriam-Webster defines a mentor as a friend of Odysseus, entrusted with the education of Odysseus’s son Telemachus (Webster, 2012). A mentor is also defined as a trusted counselor or guide, a tutor or coach (Webster, 2012). The history of mentoring dates back to the original Mentor which was a character in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. When Odysseus, King of Ithaca went to fight in the Trojan War, the care of his kingdom was entrusted into the Mentor, in which he served as teacher and caretaker of Telemachus, Odysseus’s son. Businesses began to recognize the power of mentoring and the enrichment to employee’s skills and knowledge in the late 1960’s. Mentoring is considered to be a relationship over a period of…show more content…
A mentor will be part cheerleader, part coach, part teacher, part student, and part guide and part listener. Mentor’s guide, inspires, and encourages their mentees. Many qualities can make a great mentor; among these include the willingness to share knowledge, expertise and skills. As well as consistently displaying a positive attitude and presents themselves as a positive role model. The individual should have enthusiasm in their field and in the mentorship process. Essential qualifications of a mentor include strong interpersonal skills, strong supervisory skills, knowledge of department/agency, and interested in other’s growth and development without the expectation of personal gain in
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