A successful mentor both acts on behalf of a mentee and has an eye to the well-being of the organization or profession. In the service of that mission, successful mentors
1. Develop and manage the mentoring relationship
2. Survey the environment for threats and opportunities
3. Sponsor the mentee's developmental activities
4. Guide and counsel
6. Model effective leadership behavior
7. Motivate and inspire
Mentors may be called on to perform any or all of these functions, depending on the needs and wants of the mentee as well as what works for the mentor. Potential mentors should familiarize themselves with each of the seven functions.
Mentoring relationships start in different ways. ...