The major barrier to effective mentoring is a difference in expectations between the Mentee and the Mentor, so this is where the initial discussion about expectations will be beneficial to both parties…
It is also important for both parties to be in the right emotional state to support an effective outcome. Ideally both parties should feel relaxed, focused on the issue, objective, even slightly detached.
The following states are not conducive to effective mentoring outcomes:
The following actions by the Mentor will also inhibit effective outcomes for the Mentee.
The effective Mentor achieves a balance between competing tensions as shown here:
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