When we match mentors and mentorees, one of our matching criteria is to ascertain what role a mentor prefers to play in the relationship and what role a mentoree prefers their mentor to play. There are basically 5 roles mentors play:
1. Teacher: This involves modeling behavior, providing information, etc., to understand better what the mentoree is seeking from the mentoring relationship.
2. Sponsor: This involves helping the mentoree to open doors, referring the mentoree to others, promoting the mentoree's talents.
3. Cheerleader: This involves inspiring the mentoree to achieve what they can, challenging the mentoree in their assumptions and encouraging them in their development.
4. Counselor: This involves listening, probing to discover the key issues affecting the mentoree's success, clarifying, and advising.
5. Friend: This involves accepting the mentoree for who they are and engaging in a more personal relationship that supports the mentoree in their personal and professional growth.
What role would you prefer in your mentoring relationship?
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