Lesson 3. Ways/Strategies/Tips for an Effective Relationship in Mentoring
Building trust is possible through effective communication, and purposeful and fruitful mentoring relationships can be built through trust. A relationship that is fulfilling and beneficial for both parties can be recognized as a successful mentor-mentee relationship. Here are ten tips to build a more effective and productive relationship between mentors and mentees.
Keep in mind that both parties have their own share of responsibility for each strategy!
|Ten tips for a more effective and productive mentor-mentee relationship|
|Mentor’s Responsibilities||Mentee’s Responsibilities|
|1. Keep your communications open||Let your mentees know, in cases of a busy schedule, when you will be unavailable and help your mentee set realistic expectations.||Be as frank and direct as possible. Let your mentor know your goals and expectations of the program.|
|2. Offer support||Encourage your mentee to communicate and participate. Support them in preparing a solid action plan.||Keep in mind that your mentor is there to guide.|
|3. Define expectations||Support the mentee in setting up a framework to measure achievement.||Make sure your mentor knows what to expect from you.|
|4. Maintain contact||Try to be available at appropriate times. Keep responding to your e-mails, provide advice, resources and guidance when asked.||Always mind your manners. Check your e-mails frequently and don’t hesitate to ask questions.|
|5. Be honest||Remain truthful and tactful while evaluating.||Let your mentor know when you don’t understand or have another opinion.|
|6. Actively participate||Engage in your own learning while you are mentoring, Collaborate on projects. Ask questions and experiment.||Listen and ask if you can observe or attend your mentor’s work if s/he is nearby.|
|7. Be innovative and creative||Share your ideas, give advice and be a resource for new ideas.||Offer ideas on what activities and exercises you can do together.|
|8. Get to know each other||Both parties come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Get to know each other individually.|
|9. Be reliable and consistent||Remaining consistent will make the other party trust you. Trust is the building block of an effective mentoring relationship.|
|10. Stay positive||Recognize the work the mentee has done, and the progress made.||Keep in mind that your mentor is not trying to criticize but to offer feedback.|