12 strategies for Effective Mentoring
- Encourage the Mentee to approach life and goals with enthusiasm and to be accepting of self and others.
- Encourage Mentee to examine beliefs and ideals in an effort to establish personal values and goals.
- Encourage Mentee to keep an open mind to ideas
- The interactions between Mentor and Mentee should be situations of sharing, caring, and empathizing
- Encourage the Mentee to use a creative problem solving process
- Encourage the Mentee to be an attentive listener and an assertive questioner
- Encourage the Mentee to become an independent thinker
- Encourage the Mentee to recognize individual strengths and uniqueness and to build on them
- Assist the Mentee in developing self-confidence
- Stress that an individual be aware of the environment, be intuitive, be problem sensitive, and be ready to make the most of opportunities
- Encourage the Mentee to be a risk-taker and an active participant, not a spectator
- Share with Mentee the importance of being flexible and adaptable in attitudes and actions, looking for alternatives, and seeing situations/persons from different perspectives
Adopted from “Mentoring: A renaissance of apprenticeship. The Journal of Creative Behavior