Why Mentoring

Why mentoring?

Why choose legal mentoring? Companies and organisations are constantly changing and people are expected to continue their learning in an environment where self-sufficiency, including self-managed learning, is encouraged – and is essential to success.  Whilst your direct line manager can assist your development and provide elements of support, they too can be part of the pressured environment and might not always the best person to help you with your long term development goals.

Many companies and organisations are also facing pressure on their development budgets and as part of the development options for individuals an opportunity to be mentored by someone independent may be relevant.

The role of a mentor complements that of the line manager. The line manager addresses the day to day business needs and activities of the individual and development to fulfill a specific role and function. The mentor will predominantly support the longer term goals and actions of their mentees. Mentors are able to offer objective but sympathetic guidance and a confidential, safe space to put things into perspective.

A breadth of experience, skill sets and mindsets are critical to building a better in-house legal community so we don’t want to limit ourselves to a narrow definition of what an “in- house legal professional” is. Yes we us that term- as for us, and for MOSAIC, it makes sense.  It reflects the diversity of roles, skills and opportunities that we are starting to see more of in-house”.

For a small annual fee (free if you are a mentor) you will have access to some of the best, brightest and most dynamic minds in the legal
profession. There will be someone who can help you, who may challenge you but will always do this respecting the confidentiality of your
conversations. It isn’t a one way street where only the mentee benefits from the wisdom of the mentor. Ask any of our mentors and they will tell you that they get as much out of being a mentor as their mentee. This is certainly true of our own experience.

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the benefits of mentoring

for the mentee

  • Access to different perspectives and experiences

  • Help in understanding and resolving organisational and political issues

  • Confidential dialogue

  • Development of a wider network of people

  • Practical assistance through discussions regarding issues or problems

  • Help in developing your long term career and development goals and plans

 

for the mentor

  • Develop leadership and management qualities

  • Opportunity to practice good developmental behaviour outside line management responsibilities

  • Improve communication and personal skills

  • Development of own self-awareness

  • Expand your network

for the company

  • Support individuals in their development

  • Actively using experience of mature managers

  • Networking and sharing across organisations

  • Enhancing the development of both mentors and mentees

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