6 Roles of a Mentor

Successful mentors fulfill 6 key roles.  Take a moment to see how well you are doing for your proteges.

  1. Motivator – Positive reinforcement, self-confidence and self-esteem, maintain perspective, and visionary
  2. Coach – Listening, questioning skills, willingness to challenge, and ability to diagnose
  3. Counselor – Perspective – broader context of ‘situation, ability to evaluate various career options
  4. Teacher / Advisor – Knowledge, instruction capability, selflessness, confirm understanding, and assess learning
  5. Sponsor / Door Opener – Provide networking opportunities, selflessness, and willingness to share
  6. Role Model – Consistent execution, leadership, work ethic, respect others

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I try to be a catalyst for change and improvement. Some of my ideas are spot-on, many are works in progress, and, admittedly, others miss the mark. That’s the nature of brainstorming and trying things. I’m okay with that. My hope is that something I write or share will help you to become a better version of yourself. I know that’s what I’m trying to do as well.

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