Mentor Resources


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Book Recommendations:

  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, by John C Maxwell
  • Lincoln on Leadership, by Donald T. Phillips
  • Multipliers, by Liz Wiseman
  • Starting Strong- a mentoring fable, by Lois J Zachary & Lory A. Fischler
  • Dare to Serve, by Cheryl Bachelder

Questions for Mentors to ask your students

  1. Building a relationship:
    1. Why did you choose your current career goal, or area of study?
    2. What has been a key leadership lesson for you?
    3. How can I best help you?
    4. What are you career aspirations?
    5. What do you see as your strengths and challenges?
    6. How do you let off steam?
    7. Why did you choose to be part of PLP?
    8. What would you like me to know about you?
  2. Establishing Mentoring Agreements:
    1. What do you expect from our mentoring relationship?
    2. What are the things you hope to accomplish this year?
    3. Where would you like to have our meetings and how often would you like them to occur?
    4. What is the best way to reach you? Email/ text/ etc?
    5. What does confidentiality mean to you?
    6. How can we ensure that we stay on track and are productive?
    7. What hot buttons do you have that might impact our relationship?
  3. Moving from starter goals to smarter goals:
    1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    2. What do you see as your strengths and challenges?
    3. How can you make a bigger impact?
  4. Creating learning opportunities:
    1. When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?
    2. What additional knowledge, skill, or experience are you lacking?
    3. What can I do to support you in your learning right now?
  5. Managing stumbling blocks:
    1. We don’t seem to have a clear focus of conversation. How can we turn that around?
    2. I sense that you are struggling with follow-through on your commitments. Do you feel that way too?
    3. I feel less energy from you than when we first started meeting. Is that your observation too? What do you think is contributing to that?
  6. Checking in on progress:
    1. What have you learned from this experience thus far?
    2. What are you doing differently now as a result of the mentoring relationship?
    3. What more can I do to help support you?