By Sally Jones
Regularly evaluating your mentoring can be of great benefit to both those you are mentoring and yourself as a mentor. How often do you take some time out to consider how you are growing as a mentor? What skills might need a bit of polishing, or strengths could you intentionally build on? The skill and process of evaluation is something we are very likely helping our mentorees to implement in some area of their own lives, so it is important that we do the same.
I would suggest three areas to consider – each of which can be done immediately after a mentoring session, as well as on a regular monthly, quarterly and/or yearly basis. Following are just a few of the questions you might ask yourself:
Evaluating the growth of your mentoree
Based on the agreed objectives of my mentoree, what growth have I observed? Has there been movement towards their objectives, or some sense of blockage or resistance? What do I sense my mentoree is experiencing/feeling? What are my observations of their emotional/mental/physical/spiritual health and well-being? What are the key issues coming up in our sessions? What do they most need from me as a mentor at the moment?
Evaluating your growth as a mentor
What are my reflections on my strengths and growing edges as a mentor? What are two or three areas that I could be more intentional about developing in my mentoring, and how might I go about that? How do I feel about each of my mentorees? As a mentor, what do I feel I most need at the moment?
Evaluating the mentoring process itself
Evaluate a session based on the process – what skills did I use? What resources did I give out? What percentage of the session did I spend talking and what percentage did I spend listening? Was the environment conducive to mentoring? What preparation did I do beforehand? What might I do differently next time?
Periodically invite feedback from your mentoree – create a brief questionnaire which you can give your mentoree/s on a yearly basis as an opportunity for them to provide you with feedback about their experience of being mentored. You may also want to consider finding a trained supervisor or a peer supervision group for increased accountability and monitoring any issues which may arise for you.
Regularly evaluating your mentoring adds value to the experience for your mentoree, increases your awareness of your own strengths and growing edges and serves to strengthen your mentoring ministry.