One-to-One Mentoring Program

Roles and Responsibilities of Mentors

A mentor is a trusted and significant leader who works with a partner (a protégé) to help them learn things more quickly or easily, or to learn things they otherwise might not have learned. The relationship is long-term and based, from the very beginning, on free choice to continue the relationship.

Formal mentoring programs provide a structure to support the deliberate pairing of the more skilled and experienced person with the less-skilled and experienced person. The mentor is seen as having a breadth and depth of experience that the protégé could not have at this stage of their career. The purpose of the relationship is to develop the unique skills and abilities of the protégé, not to make a clone of the mentor.

Who is a Mentor?

A mentor is an experienced professional in project management, who voluntarily acts as a friend, advisor and coach to a less experienced project management student or professional.

Role of the Mentor

The role of the mentor is largely to be determined by the terms of the relationship.

Mentors are expected to:

  • Coach activities that will add to experience and skill development
  • Assist the protégé in plotting a career path
  • Meet with the protégé at agreed time intervals for feedback and planning
  • Encourage the exploration of ideas and risk taking in learning
  • Listen when the protégé has a problem
  • Provide appropriate and timely advice
  • Assist the protégé to identify and solve problems
  • Help the protégé to shift their mental context
  • Share experiences, knowledge, skills, ideas, etc. about PMI® and project management. This information should be both ethical and moral.
  • Set aside time to meet in person, via telephone, or electronically, and to communicate with protégé.
  • Be available and willing to answer questions and address concerns.
  • Initiate contact with protégé (especially at the beginning of the relationship).
  • Identify your expectations of your protégé and your goals for the relationship.
  • Be an advisor!

Numerous benefits for the Mentor

  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Revitalized interest in work
  • Self-reward
  • Fulfillment of own developmental needs
  • Receiving satisfaction and fulfillment from developing PMIs future leaders
  • Exposure to a fresh, new, or innovative perspective
  • You may get the opportunity to prepare somebody whom you would like to work with or hire for a future project
  • Opportunity to establish professional contacts
  • Opportunity to make a commitment to the future of the profession
  • You may learn something
  • To have fun and earn PDUs

Qualifications of a Mentor

  • Must be an experienced and competent professional in project management
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding managerial skills
  • Technical competence

One-to-One Mentoring Program

  • Willingness to be responsible for someone else's growth
  • Ability to share credit
  • Is involved, patient, and encouraging
  • Listen and communicate (verbally and non-verbally) effectively with others
  • Have pride in accomplishments and in profession
  • Recognize and encourage potential in others
  • Ability to understand and appreciate others views
  • Sensitive to the needs of others and is able to recognize when support, assistance or independence are needed
  • Ability to support without taking charge or taking over
  • Can be empathetic (put self in others place)
  • Respects confidentiality

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