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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.


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