Practical Application: Assessing Mentoring Skills

Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

Mentors can be a powerful resource. But how do you know if a person would make a good mentor? An assessment form can help you think about the major skills necessary to be a mentor and how potential mentors demonstrate them.

Mentoring Skills Assessment

Mentoring requires a specific set of skills that are very different from the skills required to succeed on the job. Mentors must have a desire to help, be motivated to grow themselves, ask good questions, and be a good listener. Only then can mentors manage to give good feedback.

For more information on the skills required of mentors, check out the lesson Mentoring in the Workplace: Types and Skills. To assess whether someone would make a good mentor for you, fill out the form below.

Mentoring Skills Scorecard

Fill this scorecard out for your potential mentor(s) using the scale below and writing comments for each mentoring skill. While the scorecard is written for a mentee to assess possible mentors, it can also be used as a self-evaluation for anyone considering mentoring. Simply ask the questions of yourself and it will give you an idea of your strengths and challenges as a mentor.

Score Category
4 Outstanding
3 Good
2 Competent
1 Needs Improvement

mentor scorecard

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