Do You Know the 5 Types of Business Mentoring Program Models?

Business Mentoring Models

One of the advantages of mentoring is that it can be adapted to any organization’s culture and resources. There are several mentoring program models to choose from when developing a business mentoring program. The following are the 5 types of business mentoring models:


1. One-On-One Mentoring 

The most common business mentoring model, one-on-one mentoring matches one mentor with one mentee. Most people prefer this model because it allows both mentor and mentee to develop a personal relationship and provides individual support for the mentee. The availability of mentors is the only limitation.

2. Resource-Based Mentoring 

Resource-based mentoring offers some of the same features as one-on-one mentoring. The main difference is that mentors and mentees are not interviewed and matched by a Mentoring Program Manager. Instead, mentors agree to add their names to a list of available mentors from which a mentee can choose. It is up to the mentee to initiate the process by asking one of the volunteer mentors for assistance. This model typically has limited support within the organization and may result in mismatched mentor-mentee pairing.

3. Group Mentoring 

Group mentoring requires a mentor to work with 4-6 mentees at one time. The group meets once or twice a month to discuss various topics. Combining senior and peer mentoring, the mentor and the peers help one another learn and develop appropriate skills and knowledge.

Group mentoring is limited by the difficulty of scheduling meetings regularly for the entire group. It also lacks the personal relationship that most people prefer in mentoring. For this reason, it is often combined with the one-on-one model. For example, some organizations provide each mentee with a specific mentor. In addition, the organization offers periodic meetings in which a senior executive meets with all of the mentors and mentees, who then share their knowledge and expertise.
Also read: Improve Your Workplace Culture With A Mentoring Program

4. Training-Based Mentoring 

This business mentoring model is tied directly to a training program. A mentor is assigned to a mentee to help that person develop the specific skills being taught in the program. Training-based mentoring is limited because it focuses on the subject at hand and doesn’t help the mentee develop a broader skillset.

5. Executive Mentoring

This top-down model may be the most effective way to create a mentoring culture and cultivate skills and knowledge throughout an organization. It is also an effective succession-planning tool because it prevents the knowledge "brain drain" that would otherwise take place when senior management retires.


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