Mentoring D - Women as leaders
Since her management training Iris Rabener has been affiliated with the European Academy for Women in Politics and Business. As mentor she currently assists the Mentoring D programme for junior women professionals by sharing her experiences in management.
Mentoring is an instrument of modern personal and organisational development and aids in the targeted advancement of junior employees. A professionally experienced person (the mentor) guides a younger person (the mentee) in becoming situated on a professional path. The mentor makes her proven knowledge available to the mentee, providing impetus and assisting with difficulties. Focus is on the conveyance of experiences and knowledge beyond the otherwise superior-subordinate relationship. Of utmost importance is that the two individuals have no direct interdependency. Mentoring is enriching for both parties: The mentees progress personally and professionally while the mentors profit from fresh ideas and impulses and gain cause to reflect on their own work.
Iris Rabener was immediately enthusiastic about the Mentoring D programme and joined as a mentor. Promoting talented young professionals and imparting work experiences is an important focus for the team of Iris Rabener, Ingo Rau and Jürgen Neumann.
Mentoring can also be used within organisations as a form of targeted knowledge management. In addition to cultivating qualified junior executives, mentoring conveys extensive knowledge from the older to the younger generation. In particular, implicit knowledge - such as experience and routine - can be transferred through the personal interaction between mentor and mentee.