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This Is How a Great Mentor Could Boost Your Career and Life

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/a-guide-to-understanding-the-role-of-a-mentor-2275318

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This Is How a Great Mentor Could Boost Your Career and Life
Serving as a mentor brings many challenges and rewards, with the best mentors working to shape their mentees into other leaders, rather than just good followers. If done well, the long-term impact of mentoring can offer life- and career-changing benefits to both parties. The terms mentoring and coaching often get used interchangeably, which misleads the audience.

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Mentoring and Coaching

The terms mentoring and coaching are often mistakenly interchanged. Although they are similar, they are not the same when it comes to approach.

  • Mentoring - long-term relationship focusing on the growth and development of the mentee with the mentor as the source of the wisdom, support, and knowledge.
  • Coaching - short-term relationship focusing on strengthening traits and eliminating behaviors that diminishes one's performance.

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History and Definition of Mentorship

The word "mentor" was first used in Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" when Odysseus entrusted the care of his kingdom to Mentor who served as a teacher and overseer to Odysseus' son.

This is where mentor was derived meaning "a trusted councelor or guide."

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Why Seek Out a Mentor

A mentor is not someone who gives you direct answers, but someone who challenges you to know the right answer. 

And in life, you can't be spoon-fed all the time. The role of a mentor is to guide you and give you the wisdom in knowing the answer.

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A Mentor Does and Does not

A mentor..

  • Takes a long-range view of your growth and development.
  • Helps you see the destination but does not give you the detailed map to get there.
  • Offers encouragement and cheerleading, but not "how to" advice.

A mentor does not..

  • Serve as a coach as explained above.
  • Function as an advocate of yours in the organizational environment such as your boss would; the relationship is more informal.
  • Tell you how to do things.
  • Support you on transactional, short-term problems.
  • Serve as a counselor or therapist. 

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The Mentee's Responsibilities

  • Have the willingness to learn and be open to positive or negative feedback.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for advice and use this chance to practice being a good listener.
  • Let your mentor know what your goals are.
  • Discuss with your mentor how you can best measure the success and effectiveness of your working relationship together.
  • Always follow your appointments.
  • Keep track of your discussions with your mentor and follow up specifically on those steps when you meet.

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Succeed With a Mentor

  1. Use your time looking for the mentor you are comfortable with.
  2. Share your goals and fears openly.
  3. Do not expect your mentor to spoon-feed you.
  4. Do not expect specific advice.
  5. Share your struggles and failures.
  6. Listen, research and apply your mentor's guidance.
  7. Show that you value your mentor's support.
  8. Do not abuse your relationship by expecting political support in the organization.

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Mentoring

Mentoring is about being able pass knowledge to someone who would benefit from it.

Mentoring programs usually have four key elements:

  • Improving performance

The Roles of a Mentor

  • M-anage the relationship
  • E-ncourage
  • N-urture
  • T-each
  • O-ffer mutual respect
  • R-espond to the learner's needs

Different Roles of the Mentor

  • Learning Consultant: The mentor must help the learner to clarify his goals and identify the learning style needed.
  • Coach: The mentor should have the will to help the learner explore the problem and try new ways of working.
  • Counselor: When the learner is struggling to think, the mentor could listen, reflect, and clarify to help the learner gain insight.
  • Adviser or Information Resource: Share insights with the learner for faster and better understanding.
  • Role Model: Sometimes, the learner does not only learn from what the mentor teaches, but from how the mentor acts.
  • Critical Friend: The mentor can also simply be a friend, however, it is the most difficult because it requires the willingness to listen, encourage, draw out, reflect, challenge, and provide feedback about ideas.

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Roles of a Mentor

  • Advisor and Coach - provides advice, guidance,and feedback.
  • Champion and Cheerleader - inspires and motivates the mentee to try new things, move out of comfort zone, and...

Roles of a Mentee

  • Identify learning goals and style and measure success for the mentoring relationship.
  • Be open and seek feedback.
  • Be active in learning.
  • Schedule and attend mentor appointments.
  • Follow through on commitments and take informed risks as they try new options and behaviors in support of career and development goals.

What Makes a Good Mentor

  • Sincere and have the desire to develop and help others even without any price.
  • Prepared to commit time and energy to the mentoring relationship.
  • Have the relev...

What Makes a Good Mentee

  • He's committed to expanding capabilities and focused on achieving professional results.
  • Clear about their career goals, needs, and wants.
  • Willing to ask for help.
  • Able to seek and accept positive or negative feedback.
  • Personally responsible and accountable.
  • Ready, willing, and able to meet on a regular basis.

The Mentoring Relationship

To develop a successful mentoring relationships:

  • Design the Alliance. Both parties must have an agreement on the contact and response times, meetings, confidentiality, focus, feedback, and goals and accountability.
  • Get to Know Each Other. It is important to have a strong relationship and trust before focusing on the problem.
  • Set the Agenda. Be clear on the purpose and goals of the program.
  • Reflect and Evaluate. Know if there is a progress or development gained from the mentoring every few meetings.
  • Closeout. Before parting ways, have a closure with each other. Reflect and appreciate what both parties have learned and gained from the experience.