A Mentor Program supports the Leadership Development Process by providing focused developmental opportunities to high potential employees who have displayed both the ambition and assessed potential to lead. The individuals selected for this program, the protégés, are identified as most currently ready for promotion to senior leadership levels, aspire to roles in general management, and exhibit exceptional competence in requisite leadership skills.
The heart of a Mentor Program resides in the leadership and guidance of the senior managers who serve as mentors. A Mentor Program draws its mentors from a pool of seasoned successful leaders. These mentor-managers are responsible for guiding the development of selected protégés, and, to that end, serve as teachers, coaches, advocates, and confidants.
A Mentor Program matches qualified mentors and protégés to participate in a guided-development process that will include formal activities such as mentor orientation and training, a kick-off event, and midway and final evaluations.
This resource guide is designed to provide information and assistance to both mentors and protégés, and to facilitate productive and successful mentor/protégé relationships in any organization.
The objectives of a Mentor Program are: