West Yorkshire Mentor Guide

Becoming a Mentor The Mentoring relationship

The Mentoring relationship can be a very powerful positive experience. It enables and develops a greater sense of confidence, enhancing the professional and personal skills of both parties. To make sure the experience/ relationship is a success, a number of factors need to be addressed. Factors for success There are a number of factors which will contribute towards a successful relationship between Mentor and Mentee: • Clear guidelines for the roles and responsibilities of both parties • Agreed and shared understanding of the nature and type of support • Commitment towards the principles and values of the Mentoring scheme

• The skills of both the Mentor and Mentee • Clear communication in both directions

Communication is the cornerstone upon which all the other factors are built. It is through constructive and empathic dialogue the relationship can develop allowing both parties to bring forward their ideas, enter discussions and maintain professional development. It is within this environment both parties can flourish. The video below outlines some of the key stages in developing a rewarding Mentor experience.


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