Mentoring Resources for Mentor
Mentors will advise and coach a mentee on KD experience, networking, careers, and industries. Mentors respect and value their relationship with mentees.
- The ability to commit to your role as a professional mentor and share your personal/professional experiences and insights with him/her
- Be willing to commit time and energy to the relationship
- Observe the rules of confidentiality
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Respond to emails from your mentee in a timely manner.
- Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Be clear about your needs and time limits.
- Respect your mentee’s time as much as your own.
- Always ask if you can make a suggestion or offer criticism.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Talk negatively about your mentee to anyone.
- Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can or cannot reach you.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.