Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Ten Tips on Mentoring

  1. Mentoring is a relationship that enhances the development of individuals by the passing on of knowledge, skills and values.
  2. This relationship is a creative bond between a mentor (teacher) and a mentee (learner) which is to the benefit of both.
  3. From a mentor, a mentee receives input about organisational culture, coaching and counselling, skills development, motivation and continuous feedback, thus becoming a useful member of an organisation much more quickly.
  4. The mentor benefits by the development of interpersonal and leadership skills, and accomplishments in his/her mentee's success.
  5. A mentoring programme should have the visible support of those at the head of an organisation, and it should form part of the culture of that organisation.
  6. The ideal ratio is one mentor to one mentee.
  7. Mentors should volunteer their services. The relationship should be one of choice, and should be committed to in writing.
  8. The best mentors are experienced empathetic persons with a willingness to share, the capability of building trust, and with good listening skills.
  9. Specific time periods should be set aside for mentoring. Opportunity should be given to the mentee for questions and feedback.
  10. It is recommended that the mentee maintains a close relationship with the mentor, takes ownership of his/her own development and actively seeks new challenges.