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Setting Clear Expectations in Mentorship: A Guide for Mentors and Mentees

Becky L
Becky L
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Ready to embark on a successful mentorship journey? The key is understanding what's expected of both mentors and mentees. Setting clear expectations from the beginning will lay the foundation for a long and strong partnership, helping you achieve your goals and maximize the benefits of this mutually rewarding relationship.

Expectations Table

Mentors are expected to: Both are expected to uphold: Mentees are expected to:

Provide guidance to your mentee to navigate their career questions to maximize their growth.

Advise mentees to the best of your ability for their best interests and career aspirations.

Support your mentees in their career development and encourage them to continue striving for greatness.

Assure each other that the personal stories and aspirations you share will remain private.

Mutual Respect
Value each other’s time, opinions, and advice throughout the experience.

Psychological Safety
You both play a role in creating an environment where you feel safe and supported to share your opinions and ideas.

Embrace and engage in the opportunity by putting forth your best effort and prioritizing your meetings.

Goal Setting
Take the time to think about the goals you want to achieve and share with your mentor.

Engage with Purpose
Be prepared to add new colleagues to your network with your asks in mind. Don’t forget to follow-up!

How to get the most out of the opportunity?

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  1. Open communication: Establish a strong and open line of communication between each other in order to provide tailored support, meaningful guidance and constructive feedback.
  2. Mutual respect: Both mentors and mentees should lead with respect for each other's time, expertise, and perspectives.
  3. Expectation setting: Propel your professional growth together with clear, measurable goals! Use the Goal Sheet to set realistic targets, track your progress, and overcome any challenges you face collaboratively.

Get the most out of your mentorship by understanding each other's roles and responsibilities. Clear communication, trust, and shared expectations will create a rewarding experience for both of you.

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