Mentoring Tools

two hands from two persons solve the puzzle together collaboratively.

As mentors, you will guide and support participants as they apply concepts learned during the program and face day-to-day leadership issues. As you review the LeadUP program, you can see that there are five sessions and other learning elements. How can you help your mentee to think critically and solve problems in each session as well as the entire program? What outcomes are expected from you and your mentee in the mentoring relationship?

We strongly recommend that you and your mentee meet face-to-face at least once a month in a formal mentoring session. In addition to these meetings, you can also connect with your mentee via emails and phones.

Click on the titles below to know more about the suggested plans and discussion topics for the mentoring sessions.

Establish Ground Rules: A Check List

To ensure that the mentoring relationship works most effectively, there are several important considerations to work through at the start of the mentoring relationship. These issues refer to the process, the procedural, professional and psychological issues. This checklist is a useful tool for you to use to ensure that all points are covered.

This document is a suggested list of topics for mentoring sessions. The topics are relevant to the LeadUP program sessions. You are free to add, delete or revise the topics based on you and your mentee’s needs.

Ensure that you and your mentee set aside plenty of time to work through the goal-setting framework. Your role is to support your mentee as he/she achieves a goal (s), so you may want to revisit progress during mentoring sessions.  Your mentee must set and buy in to the goals.

Your mentee may become bogged down with negative thoughts. The short questionnaire here asks some incisive questions to quickly get them into a positive frame of mind.

Promoting an idea and achieving buy-in and commitment can be difficult for even the most influential person. Some people need to be challenged to ensure that the business case is indeed sound, and to be supported as the proposal is structured. As a mentor, you can play a valuable part in providing this challenge and support to your mentee when he/she has new ideas for his capstone project or leadership related projects.