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Formal and informal mentoring programs can speed the development of talented staff and help develop a wider pool of talented future leaders and managers within the organization. Mentoring, in essence, is a relationship in which senior members of an organization provide support and guidance to junior members of the organization in either an informal or formal arrangement.  Informal mentoring is typically initiated based on common factors between the mentor and protegé such as perceived similarity and rapport (Allen, Eby & Lentz, 2006).  Formal mentoring is the result of an organizationally established, structured program that may use a variety of strategies to link and manage the contact between mentor and protegé (Allen & Eby, 2003; Allen et al. 2006; Hezlett, 2005; Wade, 2008).  Leaders should not only support internal mentoring programs but should also understand the role of mentoring and potential benefits of mentoring to both the mentor and protegé.

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