Mentoring is not always a one-on-one relationship. If you want to see mentorship spread, you need to empower others to become mentors and this needs to be provided in a manner where they aren’t simply thrown into the wild to make it work. For some, a more social experience, as a co-mentor, may provide a natural growth – an experience where they become confident leading discussions with someone other than yourself. This is where a small group may be of value.
In this case, consider leading a small group with no more than three or four others. Meet on a recurring basis with at least one other person as the group’s co-mentor. This co-mentor does not have to be ready to lead on their own yet, but they do need to have a genuine interest in becoming a mentor. Spend time leading discussions, not lecturing, and begin encouraging the co-mentor to take the lead on topics as they become more confident. Involving them in mentoring without expecting them to already know how to lead enables them to naturally grow into a mentoring role and for you to provide feedback and encouragement on their development. When the time comes, the co-mentor may transition naturally to the principle mentor for the group or they may be encouraged to set out and mentor others.
Remember, since mentoring is about empowering others and requires continual development, your role doesn’t end when the mentee becomes a mentor – you’re just getting started.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.Benjamin Franklin