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ERIC Number: EJ1145741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Reflections on the Hard Work of Mentorship
Waters, Marlo
College and University, v92 n2 p27-30 Jun 2017
Many wonderful things can and should be written regarding the pleasures of mentorship. As an individual with experience as both a mentee and a mentor, I can attest to the joy that comes from a productive mentoring relationship. However, there is a reality that is discussed less frequently: Mentoring is hard work that can involve pain and disappointment. Yet it is important to discuss the challenges because our most profound growth can emerge from our deepest difficulties. In this essay, I will explore four strategies that can be used to deepen a mentoring relationship and tap into this potential for growth: ask and answer difficult questions; seek accountability; make room for failure; and allow personal decisions. These four strategies can be painful and challenging to implement, but the payoff can be significant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
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