Lighting Up the Sky: Lessons from Mentoring Research

  • Emotional Safety — a non-threatening environment in which people can feel comfortable asking questions, trying out ideas, and receiving criticism
  • Responsiveness — providing honest and clear feedback, and making time for the other person
  • Support — fostering self-efficacy and self-confidence, and providing trust, empathy, and protection
  • Protégé-Centeredness — tailoring advising and teaching to the other’s needs
  • Respect — treating the other as a future equal, and being willing to entertain the other’s ideas
  • Informality — the relationship is not formally assigned — both people are voluntarily involved, and not necessarily in a prescribed context
  • Reflecting — thinking about prior actions and experiences and using them as a basis for improvement, developing self-awareness
  • Synthesizing — integrating old and new knowledge, skills, and attitudes
  • Extrapolating — applying knowledge, skills, and attitudes, in new ways
  • Exercising Independence — being able to act independently while knowing that there is someone more senior with whom you can consult

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Self-actualization engineer who makes workplaces great places to work. PI at Quality of Life Lab (www.qllab.org). Consultant. Professor. Startup Advisor.

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Orin Davis

Orin Davis

Self-actualization engineer who makes workplaces great places to work. PI at Quality of Life Lab (www.qllab.org). Consultant. Professor. Startup Advisor.