A mentor is someone who brings wisdom, support, and foresight to the less experienced (or challenged) person to help him or her grow personally and professionally.
A mentee is a person who is counseled by a mentor.
However, the best arrangement is to take a cross-mentoring attitude … learn from each other.
January 17, 2017
International Mentoring Day
A day of conversations on social media where photos, video and powerful mentoring stories messages are shared.
I recently served as a mentor for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, and I learned just as much from my mentee as she probably learned from me. This was a one year commitment; however, the relationship is ongoing. We developed a mutual respect that will continue to grow. That’s the real benefit! The relationship does not end; it just keeps developing and growing.
Have you ever been a mentor or mentee? Or perhaps you would like to engage in the process. Keisha Jean-Baptiste, Program Coordinator for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, shares the following tips:
Five Mentoring Tips:
(1) Begin with your own experiences.
- Think about what you wish you had known when you were in college.
- Share your career path.
- Reflect on the people who mentored you and what you gained from that experience.
- Share your failures and triumphs.
- Model leadership skills.
- Provide insight and wisdom.
- Share work ethics and values.
(3) Provide perspective
- Help your mentee to recognize both her strengths and opportunities for growth.
- Be candid with your feedback; your perspective could be one that your mentee has never experienced.
(4) Enjoy the benefits of being a mentor
- Take advantage of the two-way exchange of advice and new perspective.
- Gain a sense of fulfillment for passing your wisdom on to others.
(5) Know the limits to mentoring
- Don’t feel you have to know all the answers.
- Expect some failure, but don’t let this get in the way. Keep trying and things should get on the
- right track.
Global Protocol’s website blog, “In the Spotlight,” features organizations, such as Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, as our way of honoring organizations and individuals for their good works.
We encourage you to
“share” your mentoring
thoughts and experiences.