Roles & Responsibilities of Mentors & Mentees

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Instructor: Savannah Samoszuk

Savannah has over eight years of hotel management experience and has a master's degree in leadership.

The mentor & mentee relationship is a 2-way street just like any relationship. In this lesson, we will learn the roles and responsibilities that both the mentor and mentee must follow for it to be a successful relationship.

The Mentor & Mentee Relationship

Samantha works as an engineer, and she was chosen to be a mentor to a new engineer in the company named Jerry. She was very excited about this leadership opportunity and planned to be the best mentor possible.

Mentoring is the act of advising or training someone with less experience. Companies are finding that promoting mentors can be beneficial to a company. The mentor is gaining leadership skills and using their knowledge to develop other team members and the mentee is learning from an experienced team member. The relationship between the mentor and the mentee is just like any other relationship. It is a 2-way street, and each person in the relationship has responsibilities. The relationship only works if both people fulfill their responsibilities. We are going to take a look at the roles of both the mentor and the mentee as well as the duties each has to make the mentor relationship successful.

Mentor Roles & Responsibilities

Samantha is the mentor and with this position comes responsibilities. Her first role is to be a role model for the new engineer. She is the one with the experience at the company, and she needs to acclimate Jerry to the company culture. For example, if Samantha said negative comments about the company to Jerry, it will set a bad example for him and give him negative views of the company.

Next, Samantha is responsible for developing the relationship with Jerry. In order for a mentor relationship to be successful, the mentor and mentee need to trust each other. Before Samantha can start providing guidance and advice, she needs to build a relationship so that the advice will actually be used. A great way to build this relationship is for Samantha to tell Jerry about her background. If you were the mentee, you would want to know about the person's background and experience of who was going to be guiding you.

Lastly, the main responsibility of the mentor is to provide advice and guidance to the mentee. The main goal of mentoring is to provide guidance and advice to a less experienced person. Samantha can use her own background to guide the new engineer. She is also there to provide support as the new engineer gets settled into the company and may have questions about the company policies or the position specifically. Samantha can learn the goals of the engineer and help guide the engineer to reach these goals.

Mentee Roles & Responsibility

Jerry has just as much responsibility as Samantha does to make the mentoring relationship work. First, the role of Jerry is to be a willing participant in the relationship. If Jerry is not willing to learn from Samantha and build the relationship, the mentoring will not be successful. This is like a couple going to marriage counseling but one person is not willing to participate. The counseling will never work.

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