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Leadership Program Mentors

Leadership Mentor
The College at Brockport Leadership Development recognizes that the mentoring of students by faculty and staff is an integral part of the higher education leadership development experience.  Under the College’s leadership development program, the mentoring relationship will assist mentees with their leadership journey by providing resources necessary to assisting with their individual, group and community experiential growth and development.

What is the role of the mentor?
Mentoring relationships are power free and should be based on trust, acknowledgment of mutual benefit, confidentiality, and sound, responsible and respectful communication. Mentors need to be positive, and provide constructive and honest feedback in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Mentors are facilitators and teachers; they are like a sounding board enabling the individual to discover and determine their development requirements and then work towards developing these requirements. To do this the Mentor will typically:

  • establish a non-threatening relationship in which individuals feel safe and
  • secure raising and talking about issues;
  • assist the individual to reflect on their actions, thoughts, beliefs and feelings;
  • listen, clarify, reflect on and, when called for, challenge the individual’s actions, thoughts and beliefs;
  • assist the individual to develop strategies for analyzing and solving problems and becoming effective decision makers,
  • share insights of their own expertise and experience to help the individual’s development,
  • provide guidance to the individual on the topics for discussions.

As a mentor it is important to establish the parameters and conditions of the mentoring relationship. You are not expected, as a mentor to engage in counseling that should be addressed by an appropriately trained professional. As such it is important to be honest and only address issues within the realm of your expertise and experience.

Mentor Guidebook

Additional Mentor Resources

Establishing the Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Stages of the Mentor Relationship

Assessments and Questionaires

Mentoring Action Plan Worksheet

Mentee Expectations Discussion Form

Green Certificate Journal Response Prompts

Understanding Millennials

The Millennial Generation Presentation

Mentoring Millennials Handout

Social Justice, Power and Privilege

Exploring Privilege Activity

Exploring Multiple Identities

Ted Talks

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement

Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different?

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong


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