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Interested in becoming a mentor? This toolkit will give you invaluable information on how to be a great mentor, while giving you the tools to develop a mentoring relationship that is right for you and your mentee.
As a Mentor, it can be very easy to want to jump in and solve your Mentee’s problems. However, your role is to help the Mentee think through to solve their concerns or issues. This requires you to ask thought provoking questions. These questions should be open ended questions and should not be able to answer with one word only. These questions should help the mentee reflect on their experiences and learn from yours and give the mentee opportunity to:
Exploratory questions – To assess the real issues and gain greater understanding:
Empowering questions - to assist the Mentee to think for him/herself:
Mentor Remember! – Ask more questions and give fewer answers to really understand the responses you’ve been given. Rephrase the answer to ensure you have heard the response correctly.
Mentors gain a better understanding of the workforce; guide mentees through career planning, counseling, and assessing potential; broaden professional contacts, and experience personal satisfaction. Mentors have the opportunity to review their own accomplishments and challenges, as a reminder of lessons learned. The mentor’s willingness to share their expertise will afford them the ability to leave their legacy with the workforce by guiding someone’s career path. Mentors will receive varying benefits from this experience but below are a few to consider:
Mentors are individuals offering their wisdom and share past experiences to help others enhance or advance their careers. Mentors draw from extensive and sometimes varied backgrounds that are rich with organizational knowledge and lessons learned. Successful mentors take their responsibility seriously and possess a high standard of ethics in regards to respect, trust and confidentiality.
Mentors become champions of their mentees and take on the following four roles:
(There are many more leadership and professional development opportunities available for military and civilian members under courses: www.dcms.uscg.mil/leadership/courses