The purpose and design of mentoring is to create a relationship that nurtures learning. One of the key components required is responsibility.
A learner takes responsibility for the priorities, learning, and resources for achieving self-direction. The idea expresses moving “from dependence to independence to interdependence” (3).
Several elements are also essential to a learning-centered mentoring program: reciprocity, relationship, partnership, collaboration, mutually defined goals, and development.
These elements are designed to promote relationships that motivate, inspire, and contribute to development and growth.
For more information, read Lois Zachary’s book, The Mentor’s Guide, Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships.