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Establishing Trust in a Mentoring Relationship

The importance of establishing trust in a mentoring relationship cannot be overstated.  A mentee chooses a mentor they want to learn from, so to some extent, a mentee expresses trust in the mentor in the beginning of the selection process.

To build this trust and to set the mentee on the path to success, a mentor must model behaviors that demonstrate professionalism and integrity, as well as be fully present when engaged with the mentee. Below are some examples of behaviors that build trust and behaviors that impede trust.

Behaviors that build trust:

  • Listening proactively and with an open mind
  • Being cooperative and collaborative
  • Sharing experiences openly
  • Allowing yourself to be vulnerable
  • Following through on what you say you will do
  • Being accepting and nonjudgmental
  • Admitting to and owning your mistakes and errors
  • Actively seeking out different perspectives
  • Sincerely encouraging others to succeed
  • Demonstrating a positive outlook on work and the work environment
  • Honoring and respecting confidentiality

Behaviors that impede trust:

  • Not paying attention and interrupting when someone is talking
  • Talking badly about others
  • Being overly competitive with others
  • Withholding information or being exclusive
  • Not matching behavior to words
  • Being critical or judgmental
  • Acting with a hidden agenda
  • Blaming others for mistakes
  • Being closed to new ideas
  • Discouraging others from trying new things or taking a risk
  • Operating from a negative perspective
  • Revealing information you gained in confidence

At Diverse Talent Strategies, we help companies offer a workplace mentoring structure that is scalable, easy to administer, and metric driven. We also help ensure participants are prepared for mentoring conversations, whether as the mentee or as the mentor. If you would like assistance in planning your company or organization’s mentoring initiative, contact us today at info@diversetalentstrategies.com.

Alison Martin

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Alison Martin is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Alison has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Alison acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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