Mentoring & Sponsoring Starter Kit – Women Need a Network of Champions
Center for Creative Leadership
This guide highlights the main responsibilities of mentors, provides brainstorming exercises for both mentors and mentees about their needs, and recommends actions for setting expectations for successful mentoring relationships. The guide can be used by both parties in a mentoring relationship.
- Agree on the purpose of the mentoring relationship. What is the mentee currently working on? What are their goals, challenges, aspirations, and interests? Does the mentor have helpful knowledge, experience, opportunities, or connections that relate to these goals?
- Confirm expectations. How often and where will you meet? What type of guidance would be helpful? How long might this last?
- Identify potential problems and how to address them. Are you concerned about not having enough time? What will the mentee do if the mentor does not provide relevant support? What if it turns out that the relationship is not the best fit?
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