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A mentor’s role is:

“to assist the development of strategic thinking by the mentee; to be a careful and active listener; to hold up a mirror on the mentee’s own behaviours, or impact on others; to positively reinforce and encourage the mentee; to point out opportunities for growth and development; to expose the mentee to new learning opportunities”*

  • Mentors are nominated by their club presidents because they have a track record as a leader and display many of the following attributes in the context of the mentoring relationship;
  • Interested in the development of others
  • A strategic thinker 
  • An active and careful listener
  • Act as a sounding board
  • Open, enthusiastic, relaxed, and supportive of their mentee in reaching their goals
  • Willing to share their experience, expertise and networks
  • Humble, patient and mentally tough
  • Willing to probe and challenge
  • Willing to be challenged and learn
  • Disciplined, especially with regard to confidentiality

In addition to these general characteristics, experience and insights from being an active Rotarian can be invaluable to mentees in areas like governance, community service project management, and leadership through influence. Importantly leadership experience in professional, business or volunteer organisations can be important in assisting the development of mentee’s leadership skills.

Mentee’s understanding of how Rotary delivers community service and its different leadership styles will be enhanced by witnessing Clubs at work. The intent here is not to recruit mentees but to demonstrate, for example, building sustainable partnerships with community groups, developing innovative programs through advocacy, good program design and project management, and careful planning. Mentors should not hesitate to engage other skilled club members in addressing these areas.”