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Benefits of Mentoring
For the Protégé
- Constructive criticism and informal feedback facilitates development of increased competencies and stronger interpersonal skills.
- Enhances confidence and offers challenges to set higher goals, take risks and achieve at higher levels.
- Knowledge of formal and informal rules and expectations for advancement.
- Knowledge of university procedures.
- Advice on scholarship and teaching.
- Individual recognition and encouragement.
- Psychosocial support.
- Advice on balancing range of academic, professional and administrative responsibilities.
For the Mentor
- Development of interpersonal and communication skills.
- Fosters leadership and teaching skills.
- Satisfaction in assisting in colleague development.
- Demonstrates professionalism and commitment.
- Development of a network of colleagues.
- More positive organizational climate and clearer understanding of professional responsibilities and expectations.
- Reduced attrition rates.
- Promotes culture of cooperation and cohesion.
- Increased productivity and satisfaction of protégé.
- Research atmospheres in which mentoring is present are less likely to have scientific misconduct.
- Important tool for building diversity.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
~ Winston Churchill
Page contents adapted from the University of Toronto Faculty Mentorship Program.