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Self-Checklist for Prospective Mentors

The following checklist is designed to guide the self-reflection of individuals who are thinking about becoming mentors.  The checklist provides a description of the qualities that are most often thought to be conducive to successful mentoring.  Successful mentors generally have many of the qualities listed here, along with some other valuable quaities that are not listed, but are unique to them as individuals.  Space is provided at the conclusion of the checklist for respondents to add those qualities that represnt their unique or special assests to mentoring.  There is no single "ideal profile", but respondents who posess many of these qualities are likely to serve well as mentors.  If one has serious doubts about the strength of his or her own qualifications, it might be useful to get a second opinion from a colleague who knows the respondent well.  It is also important to recognize that many of the qualitites listed here are developed or learned and are the result of practice.

INSTRUCTIONS to Prospective Mentors :  Rank each of the following statements as (1) Stronly agree that the statement is representative, (2) Agree (3) Neutral  (4) Disagree, (5) Stronly Disagree 

1.  I see myself as being people oriented; I like and enjoy working with other professionals.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
2.  I am a good listener and respect my colleagues.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
3.  I am sensitive to the needs and feelings of others.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
4.  I recognize when others need support or independence.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
5.  I want to contribute to the professional development of others and to share what I have learned.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
6.  I am willing to find reward in service to someone who needs my assistance.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
7.  I am able to support and help without smothering, parenting, or taking charge.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
8.  I see myself generally as flexible and willing to adjust my personal schedule to meet the needs of someone else.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
9.  I usually am patient and tolerant when teacing someone.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
10. I am confident and secure in my knowledge of the field and make an effort to remain up-to-date.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
11. I enjoy the subject(s) I teach.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
12. I set high standards for myself and my students.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
13. I use a variety of teaching methods and my student achieve well.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
14. Others look to me for information about my subject matter and methods of teaching.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
15. Overall, I see myself as a competent professional.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
16. I am able to offer assistance in areas that give others problems.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
17. I think I am able to explain things at various levels of complexity and detail.
          Rank:  1  2  3  4  5
18. Others are interested in my professional ideas.
 
19.*
 
20.*
 
 
* Items 19 and 20 are reserved for descriptions of one's unique and special attributes for mentoring.
 
 

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