As a mentor, we expect you to be honest and to give direct and meaningful feedback. Most mentees are going to want to receive clear and tangible feedback from you. The best mentors are authentic, honest, and engage in direct communication. Ask your mentee what kind of feedback they want from you. Additionally, give them the opportunity to share their preferred communication style and method.
- Show respect. Be professional. Have an open mind.
- Respond to your mentee in a timely manner. (Typically within 48 hours.)
- Listen and ask open-ended questions to your mentee.
- Articulate the value of the liberal arts degree as an asset, not a deficit.
- Demonstrate commitment towards diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Most of all, be genuine. Have fun learning from one another.
- Be patient and build trust with your mentee.
- Meet your mentee where they are.
- Motivate, inspire, and encourage your mentee.
- Articulate value of liberal arts degree as an asset; not a deficit.
- Encourage self-directed reflection and problem-solving.
- Establish boundaries and always be professional.
Role of a mentor
- Coach: Sharing your story with your mentee and reflecting on what you could have done differently or what advice you wish you had been given.
- Listener: Listen to your mentee. Ask a lot of questions. Let them share with you their strengths, ambitions, goals, and dreams.
- Motivator: It is important to provide encouragement to your mentee. Inspire your mentee to try new things. Offer positive feedback along the way.
- Resource Supporter: Introduce your mentee to your professional contacts and teach them how to properly build and cultivate their network.
7 Guidelines on How To Be A Good Mentor
These guidelines will help you go beyond what is expected and create meaningful mentorship relationships with the students you connect with. Click here and get ready to become the best mentor you can be.