THE ROLE OF MENTOR

Even though the role of mentor is different from that of mentee, there are similarities. Being a mentor requires use of many of the same skills that you had to develop as a mentee. I’ll identify four of the most important skills mentors must cultivate. The first one, reflection, is the platform on which the other three—facilitation, listening, and giving and receiving feedback—rest.

Reflection

Although people “do” mentoring all the time, effective mentors are not just doers, they are also be-ers. This powerful combination makes them reflective practitioners. Reflective practitioners are aware of and consistently test their own their frames of meaning, assumptions, feelings, perceptions, and world-views as a prelude to ...

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