The Harvard School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership deemed January National Mentoring Month in order to emphasize the importance that mentors have on young people. Mentors, however, are not just needed for our youth. An article in Forbes magazine discusses the numerous ways that mentors can assist individuals in all stages of their lives. In the article, one woman attributed much of her career aspirations and success to drawing upon inspiration from mentors. In her case, one of her most prominent mentors was not one that fostered her growth in person, but a historical figure who possessed immense leadership qualities and integrity. The objective of mentoring, at any stage, is to influence attitudes and behaviors in a positive manner.
Businesses are incorporating mentoring programs in order to close generational gaps, transfer knowledge, and grow their employees from within. Mentors in the workforce are commonly being used to assist in promoting organizational goals and developing individuals.
UNC Executive Development has published white papers, hosted webinars and podcasts, and designed open enrollment programs (the Effective Mentoring Program ) to assist executives in expanding their professional mentoring skills and gaining insight into how to implement an effective mentoring program.
Overview - Effective Mentoring Program
Many organizations rely on formal and informal mentoring programs to help prepare emerging leaders for the challenges they will face in their careers. Mentoring can be a valuable tool to develop leaders, and it has been shown to help with talent recruitment and retention.
UNC's Effective Mentoring Program is designed to help equip mid-level and senior leaders with the skills they need to be effective mentors. Mentors are often selected based on their knowledge, experience, and career success - but being an effective mentor requires more.
The Effective Mentoring Program is designed to help business leaders:
- Influence attitudes and behaviors
- Share knowledge and experience more effectively to enable career success
- Identify and appreciate the benefits of mentoring
- Create an effective mentoring plan
- Manage expectations and create a solid rapport with mentees
- Communicate more effectively as a mentor
- Overcome common mentoring challenges
The Effective Mentoring Program features several members of the UNC Executive Development esteemed faculty, including:
- Alison Fragale, PhD, is an associate professor of organizational behavior. She studies the determinants and consequences of power, status and influence in organizations, conflict resolution and negotiation, and verbal and nonverbal communication.
- Mable Miguel, PhD, is a professor of organizational behavior who teaches about leadership and management.
- Ben Rosen, PhD, is a professor of organizational behavior who teaches organizational behavior, human resource management, and leadership courses.
The Effective Mentoring Program will be held June 15-17, 2015. For more details, view the full program profile. We are still accepting registrations for this program at this time.
To read more about mentors as discussed in Forbes, view the full article: National Mentoring Month: Historic Figures Can Also Be Mentors.
UNC Executive Development has a variety of professional development and leadership programs which can be viewed here: Open- Enrollment Programs . Also be sure to take a look at our Resource Library with additional talent development white papers, research, newsletters, and webinars.