Mentor Responsibilities

by Unre Visagie

Mentoring is a process of accompaniment and sharing of experience
Chapter 8
p.3
What does a mentor do and what are the responsibilities of a mentor?
Mentoring is a process of accompaniment. It is a way of helping another person to become familiar with and to succeed in a particular environment.
It involves a willingness to share experiences – both successes and failures – on a basis of trust and mutual respect.
The role of a mentor.
A mentor is more than simply a disseminator of information.
The mentor should:
Share knowledge and understanding.
Help to develop the individual’s self-confidence, which is a prerequisite for growth.
Share and reinforce company values.
Share effective and efficient techniques.
Act as a counselor in decision making.
Share technical expertise.
Facilitate career development through guidance and advice.
Act as a role model.
Provide for two-way communication.
Act as a sounding board.
Become the champion of the mentee or trainee.
Attributes of a mentor.
A mentor must:
Believe in the ability of others.
Show empathy and understanding.
Be open to sharing of feelings and ideas.
Display the integrity required to generate trust.
Be open to receiving feedback from others.
Be flexible in their approach.
Be able to delegate.
Be able to help others to put learning into practice.
Be able to talk to people about their careers.
Be an effective communicator – both verbal and written.
Be able to give constructive feedback.
Handle conflicts constructively.
Be able to provide structures and procedures to support the process.
Be able to solve problems effectively and objectively.
“There is a tendency for needs to mix and different needs may be more important at different times, depending on the situation.”

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Mentoring is a process of accompaniment and sharing of experience

Chapter 8 p.3

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I Ask

What does a mentor do and what are the responsibilities of a mentor?

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I Answer

Mentoring is a process of accompaniment. It is a way of helping another person to become familiar with and to succeed in a particular environment.

It involves a willingness to share experiences – both successes and failures – on a basis of trust and mutual respect.

The role of a mentor

A mentor is more than simply a disseminator of information.

The mentor should:

  • Share knowledge and understanding.
  • Help to develop the individual’s self-confidence, which is a prerequisite for growth.
  • Share and reinforce company values.
  • Share effective and efficient techniques.
  • Act as a counselor in decision making.
  • Share technical expertise.
  • Facilitate career development through guidance and advice.
  • Act as a role model.
  • Provide for two-way communication.
  • Act as a sounding board.
  • Become the champion of the mentee or trainee.

Attributes of a mentor

A mentor must:

  • Believe in the ability of others.
  • Show empathy and understanding.
  • Be open to sharing of feelings and ideas.
  • Display the integrity required to generate trust.
  • Be open to receiving feedback from others.
  • Be flexible in their approach.
  • Be able to delegate.
  • Be able to help others to put learning into practice.
  • Be able to talk to people about their careers.
  • Be an effective communicator – both verbal and written.
  • Be able to give constructive feedback.
  • Handle conflicts constructively.
  • Be able to provide structures and procedures to support the process.
  • Be able to solve problems effectively and objectively.
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I Advise

There is a tendency for needs to mix and different needs may be more important at different times, depending on the situation.

About Unre Visagie
I am a master coach with 30 years of career and business coaching experience. I have built and sold many of my own multi-million dollar companies. I have always built my companies based on the principle of successful people make a successful company. I invest in people. As your coach you get 30 years of experience to help you do the work you love and earn the salary you want.

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