What Should Be the Focus of Your Mentoring Program?

Focus of your mentoring programFor mentoring to work, both partners have to share a focus or focus areas. 

In professional mentoring, these are usually specific core competencies such as:

  • leadership
  • supervisory skills
  • financial acumen

This ensures that mentoring will have a clear purpose and will be tied to business objectives relevant for the company. 

But what makes mentoring different from coaching is that there is also a second set of goals that are personal. These are things like:

  • increased self-confidence
  • perception by others
  • long term career goals 

So although it's important to attach professional goals and objectives to a mentoring program, it's in the personal area that mentoring gets its power. By establishing a trusting relationship which is not evaluated from a performance system perspective, the mentoree can share the main issues that affect their success which are usually personal rather than competency-based. 

If you conduct an evaluation survey at the end of your program and ask mentorees and mentors how they grew personally, you will be amazed at what you will read.  


Topics: Mentoring Programs, Mentoring Success