Criteria for distinction
It is great to know persons who support your learning journey with regard to your job and your career.
They may do so in different ways.
💭 There are four criteria for distinction:
- Role: Why does that person have that support role?
- Who sets goals and is ultimately responsible for their attainment?
- Which competencies do they need to perform their role well?
- How do they support you?
|Role = position||Role = self-chosen||Role = job||Role = self-chosen|
|Goal definition and responsibility: with the leader||Goal definition and responsibility: with mentee||Goal definition and responsibility: with coachee||Goal definition and responsibility: with sponsor (perceived protégé’s goals)|
|Competences: Technical, methodological, communicative||Competences: empathic listening, self-critical, self-reflected||Competences: Methods regarding processes of learning and consultation||Competences: power and influence|
|Support: instruction, control, delegation||Support: experience, access to own networks||Support: questions, structuring||Support: door opening Condition: protégé supports sponsor’s vision|
So that means:
💡 A PI, PhD supervisor or your boss is not a mentor.
Mentor and mentee should not be in a relationship of dependence.