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Main skills of a mentorship program manager

Mon, Feb 10, 2014

Featured, Mentorship Programs

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For the month of February, we’re going to be delving into the community aspect of mentorship. We’ll be featuring great mentorship success stories with mentees we’ve worked with and know. We’ll also provide some thought pieces on the community management of mentorship programs.

As much as we’re committed to supporting individual mentors and mentees in building successful mentoring relationships, we’re also committed to building an ecosystem where organizations have the tools to implement successful mentorship programs.

Today, I thought I’d speak to what I believe are the most important skills of a mentorship program manager:  

  • Self-awareness: they are grounded in themselves, enabling them to navigate the different needs and personalities of mentors and mentees from a space of respect, peace and efficacy.

  • Communication: they listen and respond to mentors and mentees effectively in an oral and written manner.

  • Individual relationship-building: they build good rapport and trust with mentors and mentees in the program, allowing them to make the best possible mentor-mentee matches.

  • Connective relationship-building: they have an ability to match people based on needs, personality and values.

  • People-centric: they love being around people and keeping in touch, as they need to respond quickly and meaningfully to the mentors/mentees in their program.

  • Connectivity thinking: they are able to connect the mentor-mentee relationships and initiatives they are implementing to the bigger picture of the organization/business vision, mission and operations.

Are there any other skills you think are important? Do you agree or disagree with what I’ve shared above?

Let us know!

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