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Tips for potential mentors:

Good mentors tend to be self-assured, to give and receive constructive criticism and know how to challenge the mentee where and when it is appropriate. To become a competent mentor you will need to be a good listener: more specifically an "active" listener. This involves tuning in to what your mentor is saying, giving them your complete concentration and waiting patiently for them to finish, without diving in or making assumptions about what they are likely to say.

Overall good mentorship is about empowering your protégé to do four things:

  1. Become self aware — evaluating themselves, developing awareness of their personal strengths and weaknesses, their skills, the contributions they make that are valued, their interpersonal relationships with others, etc.
  2. Become self directing — following their own noses, going where their instinct and intuition take them, choosing the directions they want to take.
  3. Develop a sense of their own purpose — understanding their personal needs, what interests them, what they want, where they are going in life.
  4. Experience their own success — the reward from feedback from accomplishments in which they have shared. Learning from their mistakes. Gaining deeper insights into selves and others and the world in general through "doing."

How can you empower your protégés?

  • Be optimistic about the mentoring program and the development process of the protégés.
  • Help protégés feel good about their achievements.
  • Help protégés stick to deadlines and schedules.
  • Aid protégés in developing and working a plan. For example, help them write realistic goals, deadlines and the strategy by whichthese can be achieved.
  • Give honest, meaningful feedback and incorporate lessons learned from your own experiences.
  • Allow them to reverse mentor you in areas where they may be stronger than you.

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