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Discover what being a mentor means to Empowr International

According to Wikipedia, "mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but they must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. Interaction with an expert may also be necessary to gain proficiency with/in cultural tools. Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modelling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés and mentors engaged."

At Empowr International, we believe that we can learn from all the ones who are engaged in a personal growth path. We consider that mentors learn by mentoring and that mentorship goes in both directions in terms of giving and getting something of value. If you are invited to be a mentor at Empowr International, it is because we believe you are someone who has a contribution to give to another person and that you would like to have that experience.  

Adapting a definition also found in Wikipedia, this is how Empowr International defines mentorship:


Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, projects career, initiatives or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, done online or through phone calls during the period of no more than 5 months time in 5 sessions, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to be benefited by such experience (the protégé). Both mentors and mentees shall contribute to the relationship, and they both take value from it.

What we ask from our mentors is that they relate to the MENTORING MINDSET as proposed in the link. That they commit to having a 1-hour introduction conversation with Empowr International and that they commit to providing mentoring to a woman from our program in 5 online-session of 45 to 1-hour duration. We also ask for a small report back using the FORM available at the link. It is a straightforward form, that can be filled out just at the last 5 minutes of the session. We then ask the mentors to upload the report to a specific virtual space provided by Empowr International.

What would you be mentoring on? You will hear about the mentee goal. The mentee will be oriented to have one specific goal for the mentorship. Typically, the goals are about finding an ideal job, improve their effectiveness at work or within a project, deal better with relationships at work or within a project. The advice from the mentors should be open, honest and based upon their experiences. They are suggestions, recommendations even, but nothing more than that. It is up to the mentee what she will do with it. Also, it is the mentee responsibility to engage in the process and to achieve her goals. She is responsible for her actions, not the mentor. As a mentor, you can connect the mentee to other people or resources you understand would be useful to her. But this is optional, the mentor should have freedom around that. 

Mentors report receiving a lot from the process as well. They usually experience great pleasure, personal growth and a good learning experience themselves.

Mentors are asked to follow the following simple rules:

  • Be kind in language and attitude.

  • Be encouraging and non-judgemental.

  • Share advice honestly and aligned with the mentor's experience, skills and knowledge.

  • Create accountability from the mentee.

  • Withdraw from the mentorship, if the mentor believes something is beyond their responsibility, ability, or if they detect any issue compromising the mentorship or the mentee. For instance, if the mentor identifies that the mentee needs more specific or professional help.

  • Submit the report after every session, already in agreement with the mentee about the content.

We hope you accept the call and we look forward to hearing about your experience.

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