The Elements of Mentoring

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-11-25
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Patterned after Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style , this new edition concisely summarizes the substantial existing research on the art and science of mentoring. The Elements of Mentoring reduces this wealth of published material on the topic to the sixty-five most important and pithy truths for supervisors in all fields. These explore what excellent mentors do, what makes an excellent mentor, how to set up a successful mentor-protégé relationship, how to work through problems that develop between mentor and protégé, what it means to mentor with integrity, and how to end the relationship when it has run its course. Succinct and comprehensive, this is a must-have for any mentor or mentor-to-be.

Author Biography

W. Brad Johnson is associate professor of psychology at the U.S. Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Annapolis, MD. Charles R. Ridley is professor of Counseling Psychology at Texas A & M University and Co-Director, Research Core of the university's Center for the Study of Health Disparities. He lives in College Station, Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
What Excellent Mentors Do: Matters of Skillp. 1
Select Your Proteges Carefully
Be There
Know Your Proteges
Expect Excellence (and Nothing Less)
Affirm, Affirm, Affirm, and Then Affirm Some More
Provide Sponsorship
Be a Teacher and a Coach
Encourage and Support
Shape Behavior Using Reinforcement
Offer Counsel in Difficult Times
Protect When Necessary
Stimulate Growth with Challenging Assignments
Give Proteges Exposure and Promote Their Visibility
Nurture Creativity
Provide Correction-Even When Painful
Give the Inside Scoop
Narrate Growth and Development
Self-Disclose When Appropriate
Accept Increasing Friendship and Mutuality
Teach Faceting
Be an Intentional Model
Display Dependability
Traits of Excellent Mentors: Matters of Style and Personalityp. 49
Exude Warmth
Listen Actively
Show Unconditional Regard
Respect Privacy and Protect Confidentiality
Tolerate Idealization
Embrace Humor
Do Not Expect Perfection
Attend to Interpersonal Cues
Be Trustworthy
Respect Values
Do Not Stoop to Jealousy
Arranging the Mentor-Protege Relationship: Matters of Beginningp. 73
Carefully Consider the "Match"
Clarify Expectations
Establish Measurable Goals
Define Relationship Boundaries
Consider Protege Relationship Style
Describe Potential Benefits and Risks
Be Sensitive to Gender
Be Sensitive to Race and Ethnicity
Foster Mentoring Constellations
Plan for Change at the Outset
Schedule Periodic Reviews or Evaluations
Knowing Thyself as a Mentor: Matters of Integrityp. 103
Consider the Consequences of Being a Mentor
Practice Self-Care
Be Productive
Resist Cloning
Make Sure You are Competent
Hold Yourself Accountable
Respect the Power of Attraction
Accept the Burden of Power
Practice Humility
Never Exploit Proteges
Balance Advocacy with Gate-Keeping
When Things Go Wrong: Matters of Restorationp. 129
Above All, Do No Harm
Slow Down the Process
Tell the Truth
Seek Consultation
Document Carefully
Dispute Your Irrational Thinking
Welcoming Change and Saying Goodbye: Matters of Closurep. 145
Welcome Change and Growth
Accept Endings
Find Helpful Ways to Say Goodbye
Mentor as a Way of Life
Referencesp. 155
Indexp. 161
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