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Mentoring – the Role of the Mentor


Building rapport is the foundation of a successful coaching and mentoring relationship. Rapport is defined as the link and mutual understanding that exists between two people, often built over time and through shared experiences.


Disclosure is a major key to rapport – as a mentor, talking about your own experiences, positive and negative, demonstrates a respect for the other person, trust in them and an understanding that the mentor coach does not have all the answers and has made their own mistakes.


Depending on the reason for the mentoring relationship the needs of the mentee will vary. Asking the question “Why are we meeting?” will determine what the mentee needs from the mentor.


The Mentor role is varied and often bespoke to the individual relationship, however the role will usually include the following types of activity:



The Mentor must be skilled in delivering feedback.

Consider the following:



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