Mentoring Guidelines for Mentors

An effective mentor will…


  • Build trust by establishing clear expectations and roles
  • Commit to the process and protect that time in diary
  • Start with lots of open questions
  • Demonstrate active listening and engagement with mentee
  • Minimise telling to key points of information
  • Give examples for discussions rather than advice
  • Give all answers real consideration and respect
  • Use a variety of questioning styles and techniques (see Page 5)
  • Ask about ‘consequences’ to promote analytical and critical thinking