How to be a marvellous mentor

How to be a super sponsor

photo credit: Toa Heftiba

photo credit: Toa Heftiba

BE AVAILABLE

Your time is precious, we know that and your mentee knows that! But please make sure you can be available enough for your mentee to get the most out of the programme, and to learn the most they can from you.

BE PATIENT

It might take time for your mentee to open up to you. Be patient - it takes a while to build trust.

BE OPEN

You're the senior person in this relationship... but it doesn't mean you can't learn too! Be open to seeing what your mentee can teach you.

BE CHALLENGING

Nobody likes a "Yes-(Wo)Man!" Don't just agree with everything your mentee says. Challenge them. Offer up a new perspective. Stretch them.

BE THINKING

Always be thinking of ways you can help your mentee. The WERKIN app will help with that. Can you meet them for a coffee? Can you connect them to someone in your circle? Can you invite them to a panel event (seat at the table)? Can you set them a task?

BE GENEROUS

Your network is one of your most valuable assets, so why not offer it up to further their career? Who can you introduce your mentee to that can help them progress?

BE PROACTIVE

Haven't heard from your mentee for a while? Reach out to them - they may still be a little shy.

BE RESPECTFUL

Your mentee will be vulnerable with you in your meetings, and they will trust you with information about the people they work with. Be respectful of their vulnerability, and also their privacy. Let them know, explicitly, that you can be trusted.

BE OBJECTIVE

Share your experiences and your perspective, but understand that not everyone comes from the same place as you or shares the same mindset. If your mentee doesn't take your advice, don't take it to heart. Simply offer what you can.

BE STRUCTURED

Mentees often benefit from structure. If you haven't been able to meet regularly, then make sure they know you're still "there" and that they should still reach out to you. Give them feedback where appropriate, and constructive tasks when you can.