Effective Mentor Competencies

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Doug Lawrence
Entrepreneur, Canada

Effective Mentor Competencies

There is a paradigm shift of moving away from the traditional style of mentoring to one that is called 'effective mentoring' or 'modern mentoring'. This style or process creates a two way trusted relationship that creates a learning and development environment in the work place. What are some of the competencies that we should be looking for in such an 'effective' mentor?

  Sridhar Gopal
Management Consultant, India

Effective Mentor Competencies

1. The key competency is the “listening” (old and still important), understanding the situation around the person and being able to relate this to personal, professional or both etc. whichever is obstructing the client’s professional ability. So here is the sidelining of the idea that ‘personal and professional aspects are different’. In other words it is probably prudent to cover personal/family/corporate aspects during the mentoring process.
2. Businesses are growing global. Mentors must have a global outlook but connect to individuals effectively on a local platform. This way mentors could develop a broader cultural capability in their clients.
3. Mentoring is a rapidly growing “profession” and there could be increased commercial interest for it in the near future. Mentors must have a thorough understanding of human and business values and try to bring about a synergy in the course of the mentoring process.
Well, the list could go on. These are just some initial thoughts out of my understanding and not a well researched work. In fact it lacks that!

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

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