Mutual accountability plays a key role in helping mentoring partners make the most of a mentoring relationship. It begins with a candid and open conversation to create shared understanding, shared commitment to action, and working agreements about some of the “softer” issues in a mentoring relationship. In this section, we focus on four specific areas: ground rules, confidentiality, boundary setting, and hot buttons. Whether you are engaged in informal or formal mentoring relationships, having ground rules, safeguarding confidentiality, and honoring boundaries are important accountability assurances.
Ground rules are the norms or rules of the road to which mentoring partners agree in order to manage ...