Coaching Association of Canada

6 Steps for Successful Mentorship

Before initiating the mentorship relationship, it’s important that both the mentee and mentor assess their readiness by understanding what the mentorship relationship involves, considering whether mentorship is right for him/her, and identifying motivations for engagement in mentorship.

In order for mentorship to be successful, it’s important that the following steps are followed:

  1. Assess readiness
    • Understanding what the mentorship involves
    • Consideration of fit for mentoring
    • Determination of motivations for engagement
  2. Prepare
    • Self-assessment and awareness building
    • Training on how to be an effective mentee/mentor
    • Connecting mentees and mentors
  3. Set the stage
    • Vision and goal setting
    • Clarifying roles of the mentee and mentor
    • Developing a mentoring plan
  4. Develop together
    • Implementing the mentoring plan
    • Regular check-ins
    • Ongoing reflection and assessment
  5. Wrap up
    • Assessing goal achievement
    • Sharing of success with others
    • Celebrating success and the mentorship experience
  6. Evaluate and plan next steps
    • Evaluating effectiveness of the mentorship
    • Planning next steps in career advancement 

The benefits of mentoring are significant for everyone involved. Click HERE to access the mentorship guide, intended to serve as a resource to enhance the advancement of women in coaching.