Non-Negotiable Mentoring Skills to Focus on in 2024
Hattie Pursell
3 minutes
January 10, 2024

While artificial intelligence (AI) has been reshaping traditional work paradigms, a significant trend has emerged: the increasing importance of soft skills. In an age where AI excels in data and analytics, human-centric skills like communication, empathy, and leadership are becoming more crucial than ever.

At Guider, we understand the critical role these skills play in today’s workplace, emphasising mentoring for skill development. Our approach centres on using mentoring skills as a tool for enhancing workplace confidence by creating matches between mentors and mentees that lead to genuine human connections and personal growth. In navigating the AI-driven world, it is these human interactions and capabilities that will be pivotal in shaping our professional and personal development.

Communication is the highest-ranked skill in job postings 

LinkedIn’s “Future of Work in the Age of AI” report highlights this shift, identifying communication as the top desired skill in US job postings. Despite the rise in demand for technical skills, our uniquely human abilities are not just valuable – they’re essential.

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Guider’s Top Mentoring Skills 

At Guider, mentees request skills they want to develop and, through powerful matching algorithms, are provided a mentor who is best suited to develop these skills. We have aggregated data across our mentoring programmes run by some of the World’s leading enterprise organisations such as Clyde & Co, Deloitte and EY. This revealed insightful trends about the skills most prominent, reflecting the evolving needs and aspirations of professionals in an increasingly complex work environment.

Top mentoring skills offered by mentors and sought be mentees

Top 10 Skills Sought by Mentees

Here, we’ve compiled, in order, the most sought-after skills by mentees on our platform.

  1. Networking: 

A vital skill in building professional connections, mentees are harnessing mentoring to boost their network.

  1. Career Direction: 

The majority of Guider mentees are requesting guidance on navigating career paths and making strategic choices.

  1. Leadership: 

A highly desired skill in mentoring is resonant leadership. Mentees look to inspirational leaders to develop the ability to inspire their teams effectively.

  1. Confidence: 

Mentees are using programmes to build self-assurance to better tackle challenges.

  1. Career Development: 

Personal growth and progression in one’s career is highly desired in mentoring relationships.

  1. Communication: 

Essential for effective collaboration and articulation of ideas, mentees are regularly seeking mentoring to improve their communication abilities.  

  1. Growth Mindset: 

Guider Learners are commonly looking to their mentors to develop an aptitude for continuous learning.

  1. Assertiveness: 

Mentees are using mentoring initiatives to express themselves confidently in work scenarios.

  1. Decision Making: 

Learners are harnessing mentoring relationships to become more decisive, enhancing the ability to make sound, informed choices. 

  1. Personal Impact:

Mentoring at Guider is actively used to help employees understand and improve their influence in professional settings.

Top 10 Skills Offered by Mentors

Discover the expertise our mentors bring to the table as we list the top skills they offer.

  1. Communication: 

The cornerstone skill for effective mentoring and leadership, mentors are most commonly offering help with communication skill development.

  1. Leadership: 

Inspirational leaders are enrolling in mentoring, and guiding mentees to develop their leadership capabilities for their teams.

  1. Managing Change: 

With years of experience, mentors are providing their skill sets to help others navigate and adapt to continuous workplace changes.

  1. Career Direction: 

Guider mentors across multiple organisations are offering insights and advice for career planning and growth, helping mentees develop their career aspirations.

  1. Problem-Solving: 

A common skill offered is to help mentees tackle complex challenges creatively, developing problem-solving skills.

  1. Confidence: 

Mentors are encouraging mentees to build confidence in their abilities, including people skills for new managers.

  1. Collaboration: 

Harnessing mentoring relationships to improve cooperative work relationships. 

  1. People Management: 

Mentors use their skills in managing teams and interpersonal dynamics to develop mentee people skills.

  1. Decision Making: 

By sharing experiences in making impactful decisions mentors can enhance mentee confidence in decision making.

  1. Work-Life Balance:

Guiding mentees to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life, including peer mentoring and mentor connections.

The Role of Mentoring in Skill Development

Taking a closer look at these lists, you’ll notice a significant overlap. The most common mentoring skills sought by mentees align frequently with those offered by mentors, such as leadership, career Direction and communication. This demonstrates the natural effectiveness of mentoring programs as a dynamic, self-sustaining approach to enhancing workforce skills. Mentoring, as facilitated by Guider, plays a pivotal role in matching individuals across large organisations to work on these soft skills, maximising learning opportunities.

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Guider anticipates the evolving demands of the skills landscape and is poised to adapt its services to meet these changing needs. We empower both mentors and mentees to enhance work abilities and improve mentoring skills in this AI-dominated era, aligning with Guider’s values and services while providing valuable insights for Learning and Development, HR, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion departments, as well as Organisational Development teams.


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