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The Pros and Cons of Group Mentoring

Posted on Mon, Nov, 04, 2013

group mentoringAmong the various types of mentoring programs, group mentoring is one that is used the least frequently. That's not to say it doesn't have its advantages. It is important to know the pros and cons of initiating a group mentoring program.

PROS OF GROUP MENTORING:

  • It provides for greater exposure to multiple levels of expertise and knowledge as each participant brings their own competencies to the group that can be shared
  • Diversity within the group brings a diversity of perspective to issues as well as to a greater understanding and awareness of diversity in general
  • Support comes not only from the Mentoring Group Leader (MGL) but from peers within the group
  • Provides for a greater number of individuals who benefit from mentoring as opposed to the limitations of a 1-to-1 mentoring program
  • Requires less commitment of resources than traditional mentoring
  • Group projects in group mentoring enhance the learning of participants in understanding how teams operate
Cons of group mentoring:
  • Each member has different needs that must be balanced against the overall group needs
  • Does not offer the "personal" relationship that is the hallmark of 1-to-1 mentoring
  • Scheduling meetings can be a challenge given the numbers in the group
  • The elements of confidentiality and safety may not be achieved to the level possible in a 1-to-1 relationship thus limiting the extent a member takes risks and learns
  • Competition within the group can disrupt the success
  • Mentors need to understand and be comfortable with group dynamics and processes
 
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