“Mentoring”, Anthony Richards

Mentor, Mentoring, Mentorship

A mentor is a person with experience and a trusted advisor, they will remember what it was
like just starting out in the field.

Mentors Role

The knowledge, advice, and resources a mentor shares depend on the format and goals of a specific
mentoring relationship. A mentor may share with a mentee (or protege) information about his or her
own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling.

Mentors Qualities

  • Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and experience.
  • Knows and accept the mentee current skills and where they are in their development.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model.
  • Takes a personal interest in the individual and the relationship.
  • Enthusiastic approach to the job or task.
  • Provides guidance and ongoing constructive feedback.
  • Respected by co-workers at all levels of the organization.
  • Establishes and meets personal and professional goals.
  • Looks for ways to have ongoing learning and development.
  • Listens to ideas, opinions and enforces others to show and take initiative.
  • Motivate by setting a good example.

Mentorship Expectations

A mentor will act as a trusted confidant to their mentee over a flexible period of time. If you are thinking of finding a mentor, you should be clear about what you can and cannot expect from them.

Your mentor will:

  • Offer an outside perspective on both you and your business
  • Listen, confidentially, to the things that are worrying you about your business
  • Help you by sharing their own experience of both failure and success
  • Give friendly, unbiased support
  • Provide honest and constructive feedback
  • Be a sounding board for ideas
  • Help you with your decision making by suggesting alternatives based on personal experience
  • Provide contacts and networks to further your personal and business development
  • Provide ongoing support and encouragement

Your mentor will not:

  • Provide a counseling service
  • Give specific technical business advice, which would normally be provided by an expert business
  • Provide a training service
  • Provide a coaching service (relating to specific business-related tasks, goals, and objectives)
  • Take responsibility for the success of your business away from you, the business owner

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