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Mentoring Styles: Types & Appropriate Use

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Instructor: Joseph Madison

Joseph received his Doctorate from UMUC in Management. He retired from the Army after 23 years of service, working in intelligence, behavioral health, and entertainment.

This lesson will delve into mentoring relationships and five of the different styles currently used. It will also discuss examples and appropriate use of the styles and when they should be mixed and matched to certain situations.

Mentoring Relationships

A mentoring relationship is a relationship that is built to gain personal and professional development for a mentor and mentee. These relationships are usually long lasting and people focused, rather than centered on tasks. A mentee may want to learn management skills to eventually move up in a company, or perhaps they need to learn a language. Whatever the reason, the mentor should be skilled in that arena, and ultimately will help the mentee to develop new skills. The mentor also gains experience in training and mentoring another, so the relationship becomes symbiotic in nature.

Mentoring Styles

There are different types of mentoring styles. These mentor styles vary to cater towards different personality types and learning styles. Also, different mentoring styles help with unique skills that mentees want to learn. These styles help bring out the best in mentees, while also providing mentors with different ways to reach out to others and really make an impact. The five types of mentoring styles are:

  • Challenger - This type of mentor pushes a mentee, asks the hard questions, plays the devil's advocate, and makes sure the mentee is really focused on their end goal. The challenger will also make sure to focus on the details, so the mentee will realize the importance of their particular goal. Challengers are less friends and more drill sergeants of the mentor community. They are supportive but more firm than the rest of the mentoring styles.

  • Cheerleader - This type of mentoring is meant to cheer on a mentee, through staying positive and noticing all the growth and change a mentee is making. If a mentee makes a mistake, the cheerleader focuses on how the mistake will help the mentee grow. There is no negativity, and no pushing, just subtle and positive ideas.

  • Educator - This mentoring style is meant to teach mentees. A background in education or training would be key for this type of mentoring. The educator will take the time to create and execute trainings to help a mentee learn and develop. This style is positive but still pushes a mentee to excel. Educators will also study the mentee, understand where their skills are lacking, and where they need to educate the mentee differently to help fix those deficiencies.

  • Ideator - The ideator, or idea maker, is a mentor that helps the mentee brainstorm and think bigger than perhaps they do typically. This mentoring style focuses on thinking, planning, and dreaming. They will push a mentee that has little to no ambition, and encourage them to value their skills and selves more. This will push them to strive to accomplish even larger tasks.

  • Connector - The connector, or networker, helps mentees network socially, online, and in person. They will connect their mentee with people they know can help the mentee with their specific goals. They also help the mentee learn how to network themselves, so they know what events to attend or places to go to really get to know the right people.

What Style Do You Use?

Now that you know the variations of mentorships, when are appropriate times to use them? Here are some examples:

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