Mentoring

Having a Mentor

In Greek mythology, Mentor was the friend who was entrusted with the care of Odysseus’ son and palace when Odysseus himself went off to fight the Trojan War. Because of this close relationship and the fact that he was held in high esteem, the name Mentor has been associated with someone who guides and advises a less experienced colleague or friend.

Mentor/Mentee Relationships

One example of a modern mentoring relationship is that between Lance Armstrong, former Tour de France winner and his predecessor, Eddy Merckx. Another mentoring relationship was that between Sir Freddie Laker and Richard Branson. In fact one of Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 was named The Spirit of Sir Freddie to honor this relationship. On a less serious note, perhaps the perfect example of a mentoring relationship is that between Obi-wan Kenobi who could always be relied upon to give wise counsel to Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke in the Star Wars movies.
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