University of Southern Indiana

For Mentors

Essential Behaviors of a Mentor

  • Encourage and demonstrate confidence in your mentee.
  • Recognize your mentee as an individual with a private life and value her/him as a person.
  • Ensure a positive and supportive professional environment for your mentee.
  • Do not deny your own knowledge and experiential limitations
  • Be liberal and constructive with feedback
  • Encourage independent behavior, but be willing to invest ample time in your mentee.
  • Provide accessibility and exposure for your mentee within your own professional circle both within and outside of the immediate university circle
  • Sets appropriate boundaries in terms of professional behaviors, expectations, and time for the mentor/mentee relationship.

Adapted from Emory University and Tulane University

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