Both mentees and mentors can learn a lot from the mentoring process. Quoting coach Julie Starr, Isabel highlighted that “being effective requires being as engaged in your own development as you expect the person you’re mentoring to be”.
Although every pair’s direction is different, it should always be a simple conversation between two people in order for both members to benefit. Casey gave evidence of this, quoting a successful mentor with whom she had worked, who said that her mentee’s progress and energy had a knock on effect on her own performance.
However, Casey believes that a lot of the ownership is on the mentee, adding that in order to get the most out of the process they must not become a passenger. “Think big” she advised, “let the mentee come to their own decision and find the answer”.