6 Things Every Mentor Should Do
In light of all the recent discussion of mentors and sponsors, I found Harvard Business Review's recent article, "Six Things Every Mentor Should Do," enlightening.
According to Vineet Chopra, MD and Sanjay Saint, MD - there are six things every mentor should consider:
- Choose mentees carefully. Having the wrong mentee can be painful, as the relationship takes time and energy. Ensure that you choose a mentee who is committed, organized and motivated.
- Establish a mentorship team. A myriad of skills and knowledge are needed in business and often difficult to acquire from a single individual.
- Run a tight ship. The mentor role does not need to take an enormous amount of time - make sure to establish firm and clear ground rules.
- Head off rifts...or resolve them. Smart mentors do not allow sores to fester or spats to escalate, they intervene early to keep the relationship on track.
- Don't commit mentorship malpractice. As a mentor, you are in the dominant position, so it's important not to wield your power inappropriately; doing so can have negative career consequences for both parties.
- Prepare for the transition. A mentor's knowledge and experience should be passed on. Good mentors make the transition process a conscious one, discussing challenges and satisfactions of mentorship with mentees.