Becoming a Preceptor


Program Effectiveness

Instructional Skills


Preceptor Training Workshop - Mentoring Roles and Resposibilities

The Mentor

M - Manages the relationship
E - Encourages
N - Nurtures
T - Teaches
O - Offers Mutual Respect
R - Responds to the Mentee's needs

Mentor's role and responsibilities
The mentor's role is to listen, provide constructive feedback and help their mentee consider options. They may refer them to resources and facilitate decision making and share their own experiences. They might help to identify areas for development, coach their mentee and allow opportunities to practice new skills. They may be a sounding board, ask questions to cause further exploration of ideas or to challenge their mentee's thinking. They provide guidance, not direction and do not solve problems but act as a collaborator in the problem solving process.

Primary responsibilities you have as a mentor include:

  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Being accessible
  • Listening actively to your mentee
  • Promoting responsible decision making
  • Motivating and supporting your mentee to achieve their goals
  • Ensuring a professional relationship
  • Acting as a role model
  • Recognizing when it is time to relinquish the mentoring role

There are a few key differences between a mentor and a supervisor. Where a supervisor has management responsibilities, a mentor is an advisor. Mentors are NOT empowered to take action on behalf of their mentee.

Skills of Effective Mentors

An effective mentor has been described as one who:
(Clutterbuck, David. (1985) Everyone Needs a Mentor. Institute of Personnel Management, Bugbrooke, UK.)

M - Manages the relationship

  • Has high level self-management skills
  • Is assertive
  • Has good knowledge of the organization
  • Models effective leadership and management skills
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills

E - Encourages

  • Motivates others
  • Is a good role model
  • Able to provide clear and objective feedback

N - Nurtures

  • Able to promote personal growth
  • Has ability to maintain work-life balance
  • Acknowledges need to maintain health
  • Respects higher goals, values and spiritual needs

T - Teaches

  • Able to undertake needs assessment
  • Able to facilitate learning
  • Provides resources

O - Offers mutual respect

  • Accepts differences in values, interests etc

R - Responds to the Mentee's needs

  • Does not seek to impose advice on the basis of one's own needs

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