Mentoring Training Courses Are For Managers Too

December 06, 2016

We have discussed mentoring training courses previously, but only in terms of mentors and mentees.

Wait, you’re saying there’s another group I need to train for my mentoring program?

Absolutely. You'll definitely need to train your mentors’ and mentees’ managers – and here’s why.

Mentoring managers

Mentoring Training Courses and Managers

Your mentors’ and mentees’ managers have to be able to support their subordinate’s mentoring partnership. But before they can do that, they have to know what  they’re supporting, why  they’re supporting it, and what’s in it for them.

A lot of organizations drop the ball here because they’re focused on active participants – mentors and mentees. And don’t get me wrong: focusing on mentor and mentee engagement and participation is a great thing! They’re your primary players. Of course you need to focus on them.

However, managers are very much instrumental players too, acting in two instrumental roles:

  1. Gatekeepers to your mentors’ and mentees’ time 
  2. Influencers of their subordinate’s mentoring partnership. 
Obviously, you’ll need managers to be understanding of the mentoring partnership and allow time for it, but you also want them to think positively of the mentoring partnership so that they are a positive influence on it… rather than naysaying it, or even taking an apathetic stance to it. Having managers champion mentoring can make all the difference in the world when it comes to how mentors and mentees think about and prioritize their mentoring meetings in a world of busy schedules and limited time. 

Mentoring Training Courses Are For Managers Too

Realize that managers have WIIFMs too - just like your mentors and mentees have WIIFMs , and just like your leadership has WIIFMs . If you don’t address them, you may have one more enemy of your mentors’ and mentees’ time. Providing mentoring training  to managers allows them the opportunity to:

  • Open up about issues they perceive about time
  • Resolve or compromise on those time issue
  • Communicate and discuss the benefits of mentoring to them and their business unit
  • Identify key developmental areas they want to see addressed for their subordinate
  • Ensure that mentors and mentees work on developmental activity to address those key areas that they identified. 
mentoring training course  can not only give managers a voice and a chance to resolve any issues upfront before they start negatively impacting the mentoring partnership – it also gives them the opportunity to provide their own input toward developing mentees in areas they have probably already been thinking about. Win-win for all involved.

Learn about how mentoring training can assist you with managing your mentoring program - including helping your mentors and mentees make time for mentoring.

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