What qualities should I be looking for in a professional mentor?
IT is important to identify what it is you want to achieve from the mentoring relationship. It may be seeking help with your current role or advice on how to progress your career. If you have challenges in your role, look for a mentor who has been in your position, either in your organisation or in a similar role in another organisation. If you are looking for career advice, look for a mentor who is in a role to which you wish to progress. It is important that whoever you identify is someone you feel comfortable with and can open up to and who is prepared to help you with the areas you identify.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager HR Solutions Randstad
A MENTOR can have a significant impact on your professional and personal life so selecting the right person requires preparation. Taking the time to carefully evaluate who you choose will provide you with a strong foundation for a successful partnership. Before you assess the qualities to look for in a mentor, understand what you hope to achieve from the relationship. Evaluate short and long-term goals. Ascertain what knowledge and competencies you want to gain from the person you’re considering. A mentorship is a form of relationship so consider each candidate’s personal characteristics.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management career transition
MENTORING is an activity that is driven by the mentee (as opposed to coaching, which is driven by the coach). Therefore, a mentor needs to be a good listener. Often mentoring is simply a facilitated discussion that incorporates a problem-solving framework, such as the mentor asking questions about situations or scenarios so the mentee can arrive at a logical conclusion. It’s important for the mentor to be experienced in a similar industry as this will help them formulate questions. Mentoring will offer diversity of thinking so take the opportunity when the chemistry and experience is right.
The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington transition and outplacement
A PROFESSIONAL mentor may be paid or unpaid, formal or informal. Whatever the arrangement, mentors are generally highly respected and experienced professionals, successful in their careers and with expertise in aiding the growth and development of others, by transferring knowledge and skill development. The key fundamentals for mentoring success are mutual rapport, trust and respect. Accepted traits include being confidential, tactful but honest, good listeners and communicators, problem solvers, encouragers, challengers, wise, ethical and empowering.