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The four competencies of mentorship

1. Effective Communication

  • A mentor should be consistent in communication methods
  • A mentor should respect the mentee’s preferred communication method
  • A mentor will use active listening and reflecting techniques to communicate ideas. The most effective feedback focuses not on what went wrong in the past, but on what can go right in the future. Check out our resource on Forward-looking input for details on how to achieve this in your mentoring relationship.

2. Personal Growth and Development

  • A mentor should support his or her mentee’s personal development and guide their learning.
  • A mentor encourages reflection, enabling mentees to learn from their experiences
  • A mentor uses care and compassion to facilitate positive changes based on his or her mentee’s strengths

3. Role Clarification

  • A mentor understands his or her role, purpose and expectations
  • A mentor takes into account the impact of personal biases and clarifies his or her own values, beliefs and attitudes and seeks to use these to support his or her mentee
  • A mentor recognizes his or her own limits and promotes self-care

4. Connection

  • A mentor connects his or her mentee to resources, services and opportunities
  • A mentor acts as a guide to resources for his or her mentee
  • A mentor shares stories of his or her experiences