Mentorship is implicit in so many of our interactions in business. In many instances it is the defining characteristic of a business relationship. It permeates start up entrepreneurship and working in established organizations. Some days it seems that my entire day is filled with interactions that center on mentorship, and it strikes me that for many of my peers it is the same way. What strikes me, however, is that for as many people who seek to be involved in a mentoring relationship in business, not a great deal of thought goes into the quality of these relationships. Mentorship by its very nature can be the most helpful or most damaging relationship an entrepreneur or junior employee can have.
Mentorship is a relationship with the following core attributes: