Student leaders and staff members engaged in mentoring report the following five items define an effective mentor’s role:
Identify and capitalize on strengths. Spend time talking about and assessing the primary gifts, talents, skill set and knowledge that your mentee possesses.
Inspire and develop character. Spend time talking about, developing and practicing strong ethics, values, and disciplines that provide a moral compass to the mentee.
See and evaluate potential blind spots. Spend time helping them recognize their personal areas where their self-awareness is low and if not checked, could sabotage the mentee.
Clarify areas of focus. Spend time enabling them to say “no” to good activities so they can say “yes” to the best activities that will consume their time.
Close the gap between potential and performanceIn the end, the number one job of a mentor should be to equip mentees to reach their fullest potential; to become the best version of themselves.