Leadership University

Mentor Relationship

 

All students who participate in Leadership University work closely with a mentor from start to finish.

A mentor can be the student's advisor and sounding board, but for the sake of Leadership University the mentor will also read reflections and approve point earnings.

Leadership University Encourages Four Types of Mentorship1:

Type Frequency Notes
Electronic Once Any of the below using electronic communications (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Informational Multiple One time meeting exploring details of the mentor's profession, organization, and/or career
Situational Variable One or multiple meetings built around specific questions related to a decision or project
Traditional Ongoing Long- or short-term; multiple, regular meetings; broad professional and personal topics

 

Leadership University Also Encourages Eight Effective Mentorship Behaviors2:

Effective Ineffective
Advisor
Sounding board, facilitator
Rescuer
Problem fixer, assumes responsibility
Protector
Supports, is a safety net
Bodyguard
Fight's mentee's battles, overprotective
Coach
Provides structure, gives feedback and direction
Svengali
Dictates, controls learning
Diamond Cutter
Suggests, polishes rough edges
Mechanic
Quick-fixer, insensitive to self-esteem
Broker
Identifies resources, develops
Buckpasser
Abdicates, doesn't follow up
Challenger
Positively provokes, pushes for high standards
Adversary
Pushes too far too soon
Clarifier
Teaches professional values
Minesweeper
Removes all obstacles for mentee
Affirmer
Gives needed support, enhances self-esteem
Smotherer
Gives too much feedback

 

Notes

[1] Adapted from flashmentoring.com

[2] Adapted from the Exelon Mentoring Toolkit

Page last modified August 4, 2011