Benefits of Group Mentoring

May 15, 2014

Many consider the personal nature of mentoring to be it's main draw, so it makes sense to wonder why anyone would want to partake in group mentoring. While it's true that group mentoring is less personal, there are several characteristic of group mentoring that may make up for its drawbacks:

  • It's More Efficient: While one on one mentoring is a valuable way to improve academic and/or workplace performance of protéges, it can be resource heavy. Mentors must be recruited, trained, and then matched with compatible mentees. As a result, some organizations may find themselves incapable of providing enough mentors to match demand. Group mentoring allows for many of the benefits of traditional mentoring, while at the same time increasing the number of protégés that one mentor can have at a time. The result is more knowledge being shared among more individuals. 

  • Mentees Get Multiple Viewpoints: One of the benefits of group mentoring is the number of individuals that each mentee gets to interact with. Group mentoring supports a diversity of perspectives, allowing the protégé to get ideas from more than just one mentor. 

  • Requires Less Commitment: Traditional mentoring requires time and dedication, and in our busy world that can sometimes be hard to come by. Group mentoring allows those who may be too busy for a traditional mentoring relationship to receive mentoring when it is convenient for them. Group mentoring permits individuals to attend some sessions, and skip others if they need the time to accomplish other tasks.