To be a mentor requires a set of specific skills, some of them shared with mentees. Effective mentoring is more than good chemistry, since mentors and mentees use distinct procedures and skills throughout their relationships. Far from being difficult, these skills and processes can be accomplished in order to pursue more productive, efficient and gratifying mentoring relationships.
Also, effective mentoring relationships must be reasonably structured. Otherwise, in time, participants become frustrated with well intended but aimless efforts, and become disappointed with the process, erroneously believing that mentoring does not work for them.
When we add structure and the specific skills to the relationship that will disclose a mentoring programme, both mentors and mentees experience enjoyable changes in their lives.