The Mentoring Relationship
For mentoring to be successful there must be a reciprocal, comfortable relationship between mentor and mentee. Both parties must work at the relationship to make it successful by being open-minded, respectful and keeping to the expectations they have set for the relationship. Ideally, the mentoring relationship will be a mutually beneficial one; as the mentor learns from the mentee and the mentee from the mentor.
What is a Mentor?
As a Mentoring @ QAL Mentor you are a leader, guide and resource who shares the knowledge gained through your professional experience to help pave the way for employees to succeed at QAL and beyond. A Mentor derives satisfaction from helping QAL Mentees fulfill their potential. As a Mentor you play several roles, including:
- Motivator: Expresses belief and confidence in the mentee’s abilities, and encourages the mentee to try new things.
- Resource: Teaches and advises the mentee on how to make professional contacts, and introduces the mentee to new people, places or ideas.
- Supporter: Encourages open and honest dialogue, and listens to and responds to the needs of the mentee.
- Leader: Helps the mentee develop, and work to achieve, realistic and meaningful goals.
A mentor is not required to:
- Be a counsellor
- Be a best friend
- Discipline and correct
- Be revered as a super-hero
- Be a parent
- Take responsibility for the mentee, solve their problems, or make decisions for them