Being a Good Mentor
By: Ellen Ensher
Duration: 1h 0m
Released: October 26, 2016
Becoming a mentor gives you a way to share your wisdom and knowledge with someone less experienced. People who mentor also benefit; studies have shown they often earn more money and promotions than nonmentors. But there are some important guidelines to consider before you start this mutually beneficial relationship. In the course, professor Ellen Ensher, author of Power Mentoring, explains how to get to know your protégé, shares the dos and don’ts for appropriate self-disclosure, and helps you develop a structure and agenda for each mentoring meeting.
She also offers guidance on building trust and chemistry, providing feedback, and helping your protégé make critical career and work decisions and become resilient in the face of challenges. She also helps you address common obstacles, including a protégé that fails to meet expectations or violates trust, and explains how to gracefully exit the relationship.
- Building a relationship with your protégé
- Talking and listening with impact
- Giving feedback
- Developing trust
- Setting goals
- Developing your protégé’s skills
- Managing mentoring relationships
- Overcoming common obstacles
- How to make time for mentoring
- 1. Getting to know your Protege
- 2. Developing your Protege’s Skills
- 3. Overcoming Obstacles
Ellen Ensher PhD, is a professor of management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Dr. Ensher has an established expertise in mentoring programs and career advice, and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader for conferences and public and private organizations around the world. She is also the author of Power Mentoring, which highlights how to get ahead professionally by developing a network of different types of mentors. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ensher has consulted for a number of organizations. She has been a featured speaker on mentoring to clients including Kraft Foods, Legg Mason, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, UCLA Executive Education, the US Navy, and the World Presidents’ Organization. Ellen has been quoted on the topic of mentoring, career advice, and human resources in Fast Company, Forbes, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She has appeared as a guest on several podcasts and radio and BizLearning shows, and her blog and TEDx talk on how to get a mentor are available at www.ellenensher.com.