Mentorship Resources

 

Mentoring is a trusting relationship that brings people together. Often, but not always, this involves a more senior colleague (the Mentor) who offers guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the skills of a more junior colleague (the Mentee). Having a mentor has been shown to be a top factor affecting an employee’s success, career satisfaction, and decision to stay with an organization. Mentoring is a partnership where both parties agree to the relationship and are responsible for its success.

Mentee Best Practices

  • Own the opportunity
  • Identify initial development and career goals
  • Decide on a mutually beneficial meeting schedule with mentor
  • Create a clear agenda for each meeting
  • Be willing to discuss short and long-term career goals as well as obstacles & successes
  • Seek and be open to feedback
  • Be willing to talk about how it’s going
  • Follow through on commitments or renegotiate appropriately
  • Maintain confidentiality of all topics discussed

The best mentoring relationships are characterized by:

  • Honest, two-way exchange
  • Respectful debate on differing views
  • Critical assessment of ideas
  • A leveling of the power gradient
  • Mutual positive regard and openness
  • Respect for limits and boundaries
  • Commitment to confidentiality

Additional Resources