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Mentoring and Leadership. November 4 th , 2010. Joy Illington & David Morhart. Our purpose today. To have a conversation with you about : how mentoring relates to you and your roles as leaders, and how leaders mentor and are mentored. Agenda this morning. some simple definitions

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mentoring and leadership

Mentoring and Leadership

November 4th, 2010

Joy Illington & David Morhart

our purpose today
Our purpose today

To have a conversation with you about:

  • how mentoring relates to you and your roles as leaders, and
  • how leaders mentor and are mentored.
agenda this morning
Agenda this morning
  • some simple definitions
  • five myths about mentoring
  • what to look for in a mentoring relationship
  • some common mentoring techniques
  • connections with leadership & how to get started
are you a leader
Are you a leader?
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
  • John Quincy Adams
are you a mentor
Are you a mentor?
  • "Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader success is all about growing others.”

Jack Welch

mentoring we are all teachers
Mentoring: we are all teachers
  • “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”

John Buchan

  • It matters that we improve
  • By changing the nature of our relationships, we will change our own lives
5 myths about mentoring
5 Myths about Mentoring
  • 1. It only happens on a long term, face to face basis.
  • 2. Mentors need to be older and more experienced.
  • 3. Only the person being mentored benefits.
  • 4. Taking the time to mentor decreases productivity.
  • 5. The public service is too busy reorganizing to have time for mentorship.
the mentoring relationship
The Mentoring Relationship
  • Three critical elements: respect, trust and listening skills.
  • Establish the boundaries of the relationship.
  • What do you bring to the table?
mentoring techniques
Mentoring techniques
  • Focus on wisdom, not on answers.
  • Experiment: coach, do role plays, get experiential learning, brainstorm, network.
  • Mentor yourself.
mentoring and leadership1
Mentoring and Leadership

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Eleanor Roosevelt

If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself- invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and at least 15% leading your peers.

mentoring options getting started
Mentoring options: getting started
  • Look for formal work such as the one at the Ministry of Social Development.
  • There are Communities of Practice that offer peer mentoring;
  • Partner with someone new to public service, Aboriginal interns, co-op students, or groups whose purpose is to improve professional practice.