University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Mentorship Program (cont.)

Mentorship Characteristics

Positive attitude and a since of humor

Respected by peers and shows respect for others

Listens and communicates effectively

Recognizes and encourages excellences


Demonstrates ethical professional behavior



Appreciates and encourages diversity

Flexible/adaptable---receptive to new ideas

The Mentor/Mentee Relationship

The relationship that forms between the mentor and mentee is a flexible one. It probably is a good idea to establish some ground rules after the two introduces themselves to one another.
A potential guideline to help in the management of the relationship:
  • Our meetings begin and end on time and remain flexible to scheduling.
    1. Both the mentor and mentee have other things going on and each other's time should be respected.
  • Each of us actively participates in the relationship
    1. Remember both of you have signed up for this program so do your part to participate, call and check on the progress of the farmer and the things that were discussed. Use the mentor by asking questions and following up with your progress when you have tried or investigated something that you have talked about.
  • Our communication is open, candid, and direct.
    1. With no communication there is no relationship.
  • We will respect our differences and learn from them.
    1. This is the beauty of this relationship, the different prospective that you can offer one another.
  • We will respect each other's expertise and experience.
    1. Learning from mistakes and successes
  • We will safeguard confidentially.
  • We will manage our time well.
    1. Time is short sometimes so respect each other's limits and other commitments
  • We will put interruptions aside.
    1. Giving each other your undivided attention is how the relationship grows and becomes successful
Things Not to Do:
  • Criticize
  • Rescue
  • Try to give advice on everything
  • Complain about your own problems
  • Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or support

For more information contact Sarah Lovett