Mentors ask good questions, listen, challenge their mentee’s thinking, clarify and support their short-term goals and longer-term aspirations, and encourage their development.
Pillars of mentoring include: trust, respect, expectation of support and communication.
Functions of a mentor: support the development of a professional self through acceptance and confirmation, provide problem-solving and serve as a sounding board, give respect and support,and provide role modeling.
Mentoring skills: listening, empathy, and interest in the mentee and their work. It is important to reserve judgment, demonstrate positive body language, and be open and honest. A mentor avoids directives and is willing to share their own experience. Boundaries are fundamental to effective mentorship.
Mentee Responsibility: To arrange meetings, set the agenda, and provide follow-up from meeting to meeting.
Meeting Frequency and Duration of Mentorship: Meetings will be once or twice monthly for six months to one year.
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