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Mentors Benefit From Helping Others
Editor's Note: The following article is part of a series of articles
from APEGGA's mentoring committee. It is the first to focus on the mentor.
A mentor can be any experienced person who goes out of his or her way to help another person reach important goals. They can be of either gender, and older, the same age or younger than those they help. What has changed over the years is the fact that the mentees drive the relationships now to suit their own goals.
What does the mentor get out of the relationship? Mentors have opportunities to: increase skills which can be used in numerous areas of their lives; indirectly "pay back" their own mentors for help received; increase their own network; demonstrate their ability to develop new talent; gain satisfaction from contributing to someone's development and gain a fresh enthusiasm for their own careers.
There are skills required by both the mentor and the mentee to ensure a successful relationship. According to Dr. Linda Phillips Jones, a mentor must:
If the above four sound familiar, it's because they are exactly the same skills required of the mentee.
In addition the mentor must possess some additional critical skills. You must:
Using a scale of 5-3-1-0 for Excellent-Very Good-Good-Poor rate yourself on the above nine skills. If your total is less than 15 don't try being a mentor yet. If your total is less than 25 tread gently and work on those less developed skills. If you score 25 or more, what's holding you back!
There are several dos and don'ts that provide the framework within which the relationship will work. Here are some dos:
In the next PEGG we'll provide you with a check list of activities you
can complete as you work with your mentee.
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