Mentoring Tips For Mentors

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Mentoring Mentors Tips
 A Mentor is a trusted counselor or guide. She has the ability to lead, inspire, and motivate her mentee by enhancing the mentee’s awareness of and perspective on her development plan. Remember, your mentee is excited about this journey. She is anxious and inspired at the same time. She has a goal, decided to invest in her self-developmen...
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A Mentor is a trusted counselor or guide. She has the ability to lead, inspire, and motivate her mentee by enhancing the mentee’s awareness of and perspective on her development plan. 

Remember, your mentee is excited about this journey. She is anxious and inspired at the same time. She has a goal, decided to invest in her self-development, and prioritized her needs. Enjoy this special journey! 

We would like to share with you some tips for mentors from our MentorWIN Program Guide. 

 

Characteristics of effective mentors: 

  • Eager and open to developing themselves and others 
  • Highly skilled in communication and employee management
  • Makes time and is reachable for their mentee in spite of their workload 
  • Extensive experience and knowledge about her profession 
  • Role model with their professional career, management, and leadership skills

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Your role as a mentor 

Mentors play different roles according to the needs of the mentee. A mentor can be a; 

  • Sounding Board: Helps the mentee think through their own ideas out loud and asks good questions to help the process. 
  • Experience Sharer: Shares their own experiences in areas that are relevant for the mentee, when appropriate. Critical Friend: Speaks the truth as they see It, and challenges and tests the mentee’s ideas. 
  • Listener: Listens carefully, allows time, and encourages the mentee to reflect. 
  • Counselor: Focuses on the emotional aspects of issues, discusses and explores with empathy. 
  • Career Coach: Helps think through career options, goals, and learned lessons. 
  • Networking Coach: Discusses how to build, maintain and use a professional network. 
  • Behavior Coach: Helps with the personal behavioral change of the mentee on specific issues. 
  • Motivator: Offers encouragement and helps the mentee build self-belief. 

 

 

Mentoring Skills 

The mentor’s activities could include giving technical assistance, clarifying roles and responsibilities; identifying and analyzing learning experiences, opportunities, and gaps; encouraging analysis and reflection; structuring learning and work, and confronting through questioning, listening, and giving feedback. 

In the beginning, the mentor will need to develop a safe and protected environment and be a supporter, protector, guide but as the mentee develops confidence and becomes less dependent and more autonomous the mentor will need to develop a more analytical, reflective, critical, challenging role.

Mentoring Skills can be divided into organizational and interpersonal skills. 

Mentoring Mentors Tips

 

Do’s 

  • Be committed to this new relationship 
  • Be an active listener! 
  • Guide and help her put her ideas into action 
  • Find constructive ways to challenge your mentee 
  • Share similar experiences so your mentee understands that her problem is not unique 
  • Use open-ended questions to encourage the mentee to think creatively and form her own conclusions
  • Let mentees know that there are no shortcuts 
  • This is a valuable time for the mentees. Please focus on their business, as you are the expert in that field 
  • Respect your mentee, her values & beliefs 
  • Get her focus on the things that need to be done 
  • Encourage her by pointing out her skills 
  • Be consistent, but flexible.
  • Expect changes in plans 
  • Always do follow-ups 
  • Foster a caring and supportive relationship. Showing that you care will boost confidence
  • It is a common remark that mentors learn from mentees a great deal 
  • Focus on developing the mentee professionally and personally 
  • Support and facilitate. You do not have all the answers; you are a ‘learning facilitator’
  • Explain your personal work style and preferences 
  • Remind your mentee to prepare a written outline or an agenda for the meeting After the meeting take notes of what was discussed and progress made

Don’ts 

  • Expect your mentee to lead every meeting or suggest activity 
  • Make your mentee learn by trial 
  • Give random advice or criticism 
  • Expect a clone of yourself 
  • Talk negatively about your mentee to others 
  • Lecture 
  • Share personal problems unless it is related to the current disposition 
  • Lend money 
  • Assume the role of the problem solver 
  • Impose your vision 
  • Attempt to force your mentee in one direction 
  • Forget she knows her business better than anyone else



 

We hope these pointers were helpful for you. Remember, you have your own style and way to share your experiences. And you rock in doing so! 

If you would like to read up on more suggestions and pointers, you can read our MentorWIN Program Guide.   Happy Reading! 

You can join the TurkishWIN Mentoring program by joining us as a member. Our membership application is online at this link. Our dues are annual and you can join us any time based on a 12-month  rolling subscription. We cannot wait to meet you! 

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