2. The Mentor Role
| Roles and Responsibilities
• Experienced and trusted adviser.
• Gives information about career development and the organisation.
• Facilitates the Mentee professional growth.
• Guide and confidante.
• Trustworthy person who supports, advises and encourages, constructive comments.
• Helps find solutions.
• Model of competence.
• Reflects what is expected and valued in the organisation.
• Example or role model.
• Must be volunteers interested in the programme and what is intended to accomplish.
• Prepared to invest time and effort in the relationship.
• Effective one-on-one communications who are able to express ideas.
• Awareness of diversity issues with a willingness to accept and value alternative cultures and perspectives.
• Self-awareness (understanding themselves) and behavioural awareness (understanding others).
• Business or professional shrewdness and a good sense of proportion.
• Commitment to their own learning and a strong interest in developing others.
• Relationship management skills (especially rapport building) and the ability to set a pursue clear goals.
• Has extensive experience, recognised know-how, a broad view and understanding of the organisation.
• Respected by others, has influence and is secure in own position.
• Personal satisfaction in sharing expertise and experiences and in helping less experienced persons.
• Helping to train the leaders of tomorrow.
• Enriches one’s information and views of the organisation.
• Opportunity to encounter new ways of thinking and new perspectives and have their assumptions regarding the organisation challenged.
• Feeling of usefulness and chance to re-energise self, recognition.
• Development of own style of management and supervision.
• Opportunities to test new ideas.
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