To achieve Step 10, individuals will show that they can use mentorship to help support and develop others.
In previous steps, the focus was on individuals understanding the strengths and weaknesses of themselves as leaders and of other team members. They then use this insight to allocate roles accordingly. This step and those that follow look at how to support team members to build those strengths further and to address areas of weakness.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
To teach this step:
This step can be reinforced most easily when learners have the opportunity to mentor others. For example, some schools have a programme that allows older learners to mentor to support younger learners, which can be an invaluable experience for both.
This step is best assessed through observing learners taking on a mentoring role, and reflecting on what they felt that they did well in it, and what they could do better.
This step is relevant to individuals who want to develop others so that they can make a significant contribution to the team goal.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There can be some opportunities to build this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through observing individuals as they take on a mentoring role. A manager could stage a reflective conversation with the individual to investigate how they think they are performing in the role of mentor. This should be supplemented by feedback from whoever they are mentoring.
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed for by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
Mentoring plays an important role in an education setting. The mentor and mentee may both be students, one being more senior or older than the other. Examples include, mentoring of a new student by an older student to provide support as they settle into a new environment, an A-level or GCSE student providing support to a younger student struggling with a subject, or a secondary or college student reading to and supporting primary students. You are able to offer valuable support to a younger or less experienced student if you master this step of Leadership.
The students within a school may also be offered mentoring from outside the organisation. Students setting up their own business within school or college may be offered mentoring by a local entrepreneur, a student may receive career mentoring from someone outside the school or college, who works in that field.
In most organisations, personnel development is a key priority so the business can ensure that the employees have the skills necessary to fulfil their role effectively. It also ensures that employees continue to learn and develop the skills necessary to further their careers. The success of skills development in the workplace is based on employees being able to mentor and develop each other. With expertise at this step, you will be in a position to mentor and develop others, both in and outside of your own team.
Mentoring provides support to others and in a life outside work or school or college there may be times when you can support others, possibly friends or family, to develop their skills or cope when faced with a difficult or challenging scenario. You may be able to offer your services formally for an organisation where you have the relevant experience to support and develop others, perhaps those less privileged who are looking to develop their essential skills. In a charity setting, where many people may be volunteers, the ability to mentor, to lead, support and develop others will bring many benefits to the organisation.
To best practise this step of Leadership, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
As a parent or carer, you might be thinking about how best to support your children to build their essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help parents to build these skills, including:
There is also content for older children and young people, including short activities and reflections that they can complete alone, or with you.