Be a Great Mentor: A Practical Guide to Mentorship
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Be a Great Mentor: A Practical Guide to Mentorship

Grow your career through mentoring, whether you're a manager, leader, subject matter expert, or individual contributor
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4.4 (1,020 ratings)
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3,524 students enrolled
Created by JeanAnn Nichols
Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Get clarity on the value you bring as a mentor
  • Identify and select your ideal mentee
  • Build your mentoring skills
  • Overcome common obstacles to mentoring relationships
  • Great mentoring happens at all levels of the organization. So whether you’re just starting out and want to peer mentor, or have extensive business experience and want to give back, after completing this course, you should feel confident that you can make a difference as a GREAT Mentor.
Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites for this course, though several years of working experience is recommended.
Description

Do you want to accelerate your career growth? Get a raise or promotion? Consider becoming a mentor. Research shows mentors receive promotions and are more likely to earn raises. A study by the Association of Talent Development (2017) found that 75% of executives believe mentoring was key to their success, and 75% of millennial employees surveyed expected their manager to mentor them. Being a mentor gives you additional opportunities to practice your leadership, grow your communication skills and hone your emotional intelligence. If you're at the peak of your career, mentoring is a great way to continue to expand your network and build a legacy. Becoming a great mentor is good for you, your mentee, and your organization.

This course will help you prepare to be a Great Mentor. You will learn how to:

  • Get clarity on the value you bring as a mentor

  • Identify and select your ideal mentee

  • Build your mentoring skills

  • Overcome common obstacles to mentoring relationships

This course includes many resources to help you build your skills: worksheet exercises to download and complete, interactive assignments, and checklist tools you can download and share with your mentee. You'll create a Mentor Inventory to gain clarity on the expertise you have to offer, prepare your personalized "match" questions, and complete a Mentoring Engagement Worksheet with your mentee to get your relationship off to a strong start. You'll gain insight on how to overcome 7 common obstacles that may occur in mentoring relationships, including my tips on mentoring in the age of #MeToo. Throughout the course you'll be able to test your understanding with interactive assignments.

Mentors provided key insight at critical turning points in my 30 year career in the technology industry. In this course, I share my personal experiences and stories of great mentors, along with some cautionary tales.

Great mentoring happens at all levels of the organization, so whether you’re just starting out and want to peer mentor, or have extensive business experience and want to give back, get started with this course and become confident that you can make a difference as a GREAT Mentor.

Who this course is for:
  • Managers who need skills to guide their employees
  • Subject matter experts who want to mentor junior professionals
  • Leaders who want to give back by helping the next generation navigate successful careers
  • Peers who want to support their colleagues' success through peer mentoring
  • Skilled junior employees who want to share their perspective up the leadership chain through reverse mentoring
  • This course is not for those who want to learn how to get a mentor. It is for professionals who want to BE mentors.
Course content
Expand all 30 lectures 01:05:05
+ What is Mentoring?
7 lectures 13:46
Mentor - Coach - Manager - Sponsor
02:19
The value of mentoring
01:13
The role of the mentor vs. the mentee
01:54
Exercise: Mentor inventory
03:17
+ Before You Start
4 lectures 07:34
When NOT to mentor
02:41
Saying "no" graciously
01:01
Confidentiality
02:13
+ Great Beginnings: Get off on the right foot
3 lectures 05:51
The first meeting
01:39
Establishing mentorship goals
01:38
+ Mentor Skills
6 lectures 17:54
Asking powerful questions
05:01
Exercise: Open-ended questions
01:29
An open-ended question encourages your mentee to give a full answer describing their own experience. In contrast, a closed-ended question can usually be answered with a single-word response.
Writing Open-ended questions
5 questions
Effective listening
03:36
The three levels of listening are 1) listening to speak, 2) listening to hear, and 3) listening to understand.
What level of listening is the mentor using?
3 questions
Giving advice
02:08
Exercise: Sharing your experience
03:53
Wrapping up each session
01:47
+ Mentoring Challenges
7 lectures 15:27
Spotting potential barriers for the mentee
02:15
Over- or under-communication
04:00
The mentee just doesn't know
01:11
Making referrals
02:09
Giving and receiving feedback
02:31
Mentoring in the age of #MeToo
01:50
Moving on
01:31
Here are several scenarios to help you identify common mentoring challenges, and consider how to address them.
Mentoring Challenges: Case Studies
5 questions