Creating a Mentoring Vision Statement
A well-crafted mentoring vision statement for mentoring aligns mentors and mentees toward shared objectives. This not only gives direction but also adds meaning and purpose to mentoring relationships. Let’s get into the significance of a vision statement and provide a step-by-step guide on creating one for your mentoring journey.
Why You Need a Mentoring Vision Statement
The Purpose of a Vision Statement in a Mentoring Plan
A vision statement for mentoring sets the tone, defines objectives, and fosters a sense of direction and purpose. As a result, the vision statement becomes key for effective mentoring relationships by shaping the journey for both mentors and mentees.
Steps to Create a Mentoring Vision Statement
Define Your Mentorship Purpose:
The mentor encourages introspection by prompting questions such as, “What do you hope to achieve through mentoring?” and “What values drive your mentoring relationships?”
Formulating a vision statement is the ability to see yourself in a situation that has not yet occurred. The following questions will help focus your thoughts on creating a vision of where you see yourself in five years:
- Where do you want to be?
- What do you want to be known for?
- What do you stand for?
- How are you making a difference?
Example of a Personal Vision Statement:
“My vision is to be recognized as an expert in fiber optics and known for getting things done while maintaining positive relationships with peers and managers.”
A Mentoring Vision Statement Drives Goals and Objectives
After you formulate your vision statement, the next step is to create solid mentoring goals and objectives. These goals and objectives will be the driving force of your mentoring relationship and will create a starting point for the mentoree and mentor to come up with learning activities.
Sample Mentoring Goals and Objectives:
- To develop a better understanding of the organizational structure.
- Fine-tune presentation skills.
- Enhance my reputation as a medical engineer.
Establishing a support person for each mentoring goal is important for two reasons.
- The first is that it is nice to know you have someone who can coach you and not only wants you to succeed, but will help you get there.
- The second reason is to have someone who can hold you accountable for completing your goals.