Many higher education professionals find mentors with similar backgrounds to seek advice and test their ideas. Borrowing an idea from president Andrew Jackson, what if you create an informal cabinet of mentors from a set of diverse backgrounds? As we build a network of mentors, it is important to have a diversity of viewpoints and connections. Having a variety of mentors will serve as a strong sounding board for professional growth as we face different challenges. Five types of mentors are important to consider appointing to your mentorship cabinet. Each of these types of mentors can contribute a unique perspective to your professional and personal development.
Stukowski identifies four types of mentors in the cabinet:
- The Friend - who connects your personal and professional life
- The Role Model - person in a professional position you wish to achive
- The Insider - long-time member of the organization, can offer a unique perspective
- The Veteran - industry veteran, usually exectutive leadership
- The Teacher - imparts specific knowledge or skills