Nigeria Mentor/Mentee from Anu

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

20+ Ways to be a Great Mentor

1. Commit to at least one year with your mentee

2. Demonstrate to your mentee that you are consistent, dependable, and trustworthy

3. Consistently act in ways that are ethical to earn the trust of your mentee

4. Know the mission of your mentoring provider organization

5. Always follow the guidelines of your mentoring provider organization

6. Value the diverse economic, cultural, and religious traits of your mentee

7. Maintain regular contact with your mentoring provider organization to ensure effective mentoring practices

8. Have fun with your mentee as you learn together – mentoring should not be all work and no play

9. Do not criticize the staff or faculty of your mentoring provider organization in front of your mentee

10. Do less talking and more listening so your mentee can share his/her thoughts

11. Do not make inappropriate remarks about your mentee’s family

12. Be a positive role model in both word and deed

13. Never engage in inappropriate physical contact with your mentee

14. Maintain a cheerful and positive attitude with your mentee

15. Support community efforts to encourage volunteerism

16. Never violate the law or organizational codes of conduct

17. Keep conversations confidential between you and your mentee

18. Be an advisor, not a preacher

19. Be a sympathetic listener, not a psychologist

20. Be a friend, not a surrogate parent

21. Talk to a teacher, counselor, or the mentoring provider organization if your mentee has problems you cannot help with

22. Refrain from profanity or other inappropriate speech

23. Know that “thank you” may come in the form of a hug or a smile instead of words