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This book explores what mentoring is and what are the essential skills required for it to be effective. Based on research, a new model is introduced – distal mentoring – which embodies best practice and can mitigate negative outcomes. Illustrated with relevant scenarios and mentoring tips, this book is a development tool for active practitioners, and expresses the mentoring process by emphasising its fundamental applications. This is reinforced by case studies and supporting theory, delivering a practical yet digestible medium. Following an initial exploration of the nature of mentoring, key techniques such as deep listening skills, empathy and powerful questioning are examined. Along with developing the relationship through empathy, emotional intelligence and rapport building, this book provides a comprehensive text in its introduction of mentoring as well as its recommendation of best practice.
‘This very useful book emphasises the skills and processes involved in mentoring and highlights aspects not previously covered. The chapters on toxicity and distal mentoring are particularly welcome. A must-read for all mentors.’
- Dr Elaine Cox, Oxford Brookes University
‘At last, a critical discussion of mentoring, including a range of models that readers from a wide range of organisations will find relevant and stimulating. Rhianon Washington provides clear and critical insights, including the powerful concept of toxicity and the use of distal approaches to mentoring that help to manage conflict when it occurs. Each chapter in this book concludes with some very helpful tips that readers will find useful when applying theory to practice.’
- Professor Emeritus Danny Saunders OBE, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring Skills: the Building Blocks