Top 10 tips for mentoring

Mentoring can be fun, powerful and even life changing, but what are the key factors that make a successful mentor? 

With applications still open for the Advance Global Australian Awards Mentoring Program, Advance spoke with Sophie McCarthy, Executive Director, McCarthy Mentoring for her top 10 tips.

The following is based on research by McCarthy Mentoring, Managing Power, People and My Career. 

1. Advisor

A valuable mentor creates a learning environment and helps build a culture of trust by encouraging, advising and guiding the mentee. 

2. Commitment

Mentors should be available and committed to the success of the relationship. 

3. Attributes

A good mentor is a strategist, trusted advisor, role model, leader, nurturer, teacher, supporter and challenger. 

4. Style

The best mentor has many different working styles and will adopt a style that suits both the situation and the mentee. 

5. Listen

Being an active listener - truly hearing and understanding what the mentee is saying - is one of the most important aspects of good mentoring. 

6. Objectives

A clear purpose and understanding of the goals, expectations and obligations should be established at the start. 

7. Wisdom

Mentors need to have 'walked some decent miles' - although not necessarily in the same industry. 

8. Guide, don't drive

Let the mentee be the driver of the relationship. The mentee sets the pace and the goals and the mentor provides the trusting learning environment. 

9. Trust

When a mentee truly believes that you can hold in confidence what they tell you, trust will grow exponentially. 

10. Equality

The partnership should be one of mutual respect and equality. In a successful relationship both the mentor and mentee is stimulated, engaged, learning and inspired. 

Applications for the 2016 Advance Global Australian Awards Mentoring Program close June 30, apply now to excel your skills, knowledge and connections. For 12 months, you will be paired with a prominent and influential industry expert for the invaluable opportunity to develop your professional clarity and gain industry specific knowledge and experiences to become a future leader.

About Sophie

Sophie McCarthy is the Executive Director of McCarthy Mentoring. Sophie joined McCarthy Mentoring as General Manager in 2007 and has seen the business grow and expand to the UK, China and New Zealand. She is also a director of Griffin Theatre Company and Hear for You a mentoring program for young deaf people. 

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