"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled"


It is this principle that should sit at the heart of mentoring. But mentoring schemes vary widely and can be very complex, requiring considerable training, or very light touch as with many of our 'transition in' peer mentoring schemes. But in all cases the mentor should treat the mentee as the focal point which involves considerable skill. 

The key principles of being a mentor can be summarised as follows:

  • Mentoring should be a structured dialogue where reflection is facilitated by the mentor. 

  • The mentoring relationship should be based on trust, confidentiality, mutual respect and sensitivity. 

  • The relationship should be based on agreed boundaries and ground rules that address the power differentials between the mentor and mentee. 

  • Mentors should seek advice or assistance regarding sustaining and developing the mentoring interaction if needed. 

  • The mentor should allow the mentee to drive the relationship and encourage them to take increasing responsibility for their own self-reflection and development. There should be no coercion or mentor agenda. 

  • A mentor should help the mentee identify goals and challenges and set priorities for relevant personal growth. 

  • Mentors should acknowledge the benefits they gain from the process of mentoring. 

  • Mentors should seek to use supporting resources that facilitate and sustain the engagement of the mentee.

    Zoom meetings can be part of a mentoring session. To request a zoom meeting please fill out the subscribe form below and we will be in touch.