Mentor Roles

Possible Roles of the Mentor

Barry Sweeny, 2008


Definitions:

  • Roles – The kind of person we want a mentor to BE
  • Tasks – The activities an effective mentor DOES

THE MENTOR SHOULD BE:

1. A HELPER BY BEING:

A. A RESOURCE – A BASE OF EXPERIENCE ON METHODS & TEACHING OPTIONS

B. A GIVER OF TIME, ENERGY & SUPPORT

C. A LINKER TO “BROKER” RESOURCES & LIFE RELATED LESSONS


2. A COLLEAGUE BY BEING:

A. AN ADVOCATE FOR THE CLIENT, THE PROFESSION & THE PROFESSIONAL

B. A CELEBRANT TO SHARE THE JOY OF GROWTH MILESTONES AND WORK WELL DONE & BUILD PROFESSIONAL SELF ESTEEM

C. A CONFIDANTE – ESTABLISHING & MAINTAINING THE MUTUAL TRUST & REGARD NECESSARY FOR RISK-TAKING AND GROWTH

D. A LISTENER – CARING ABOUT THE BEGINNER, THEIR IDEAS, DREAMS & CONCERNS


3. A MODEL BY BEING:

A. A FACILITATOR – ENABLING ONE TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT, MATURE PROFESSIONAL

B. A QUESTIONER – TO PROMOTE THINKING, ANALYSIS, DIAGNOSIS, PROBLEM-SOLVING & PLANNING

C. A VISIONARY WITH A DREAM FOR MAKING A CONTRIBUTION & A BELIEF IN THE PROFESSIONAL

D. REFLECTIVE BY OBSERVING, DISCUSSING, GIVING FEEDBACK & SEEKING TO GROW

E. A SITUATIONAL LEADER THAT CAN SEIZE “TEACHABLE MOMENTS” & CREATE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES BY BEING:

  • A TEACHER-
    • SUGGESTING ASSISTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF INCREASED OPTIONS FOR BETTER WORK AND RESULTS
  • A MOTIVATOR
    • TO CHALLENGE, ENCOURAGE & PROMOTE THE DISCOVERY OF UNDEVELOPED POTENTIAL
  • A LEADER
    • WHO IS SELF DIRECTED & WORTH FOLLOWING
  • A NEEDS ASSESSOR
    • WHO RECOGNIZES STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT & READINESS FOR GROWTH
  • FLEXIBLE
    • ABLE TO ADAPT RESPONSES TO FIT NEEDS