Using case studies of mentoring in practice, this book examines the roles of mentors and practitioners and how mentoring supports personal and professional development.



Most of us have an inbuilt desire to learn and also to help others in learning. These desires have been described by Clutterbuck (2004: 3) as ‘deep seated emotional drives within most people’. He goes on to say how the human instinct that leads us to pass on information, knowledge and wisdom to others goes hand in hand with the ability also to receive it. However, he then provides us with somewhat of a warning:

It often occurs that the desire of the more experienced person (especially if he or she is much older) to pass on accumulated wisdom exceeds greatly the desire of the less experienced person to listen. Most people may have the instinct to be a mentor, but to do the role ...

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