Any good mentoring relationship involves a transfer of knowledge based on the experiences of the mentor and their willingness to share their knowledge and experience with their mentee or protégé. But in addition to sharing, it is also critical that mentors be effective at listening, asking the right questions, and remaining focused on the mentee’s development.
In addition to listening and asking the right questions, a good mentor ideally also has the following competencies:
- Self Awareness
- Demonstrated Success
One of the most often overlooked components of a mentoring program is the need to effectively train mentors. Most often, if there is any training at all, it is focused on the mentee or proteges. Time and again, we hear seasoned executives tell us they want to be effective as a mentor, but have never been trained to do so, and therefore lack confidence in their skills as a mentor. A good training will define the role and expectations of the mentor, the qualities and characteristics of a good mentor, and address the common pitfalls which could derail the mentoring relationship.
Becoming aware of the competencies of what it means to be a good mentor and identifying areas you excel in and potential areas you could improve upon is an important first step in developing your skills as a mentor.
Contact us today to learn more about becoming a mentor and find out how you can get involved in a turn-key mentoring program today!