I Am Emotionally Intelligent and Ready to Mentor!

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michael Crumpton, Interim Dean (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This paper is based on work performed around a previously published chapter (Crumpton, 2015) that was the foundation for a program developed for mentoring library and information science professionals. The concept involved creating emotionally-intelligent mentors that can guide mentees through career processes such as promotion and tenure, and influence new professional through various professional organizations such, as state or local chapters or regional institutes that include mentoring as a component. The paper and poster will cover the basics of emotional intelligence (EI) as it relates to skills needed by mentors in a mentoring relationship, formal or informally. Utilizing principles from current literature related to mentoring, EI skills needed for a mentoring relationship are presented and demonstrated. Mentoring is making an investment into a relationship, which is why having an emotionally-intelligent mentor can be critical to the success of any mentoring program or relationship. Emphasis will be placed on teaching and ensuring that mentors have good emotional intelligence skills by exhibiting strong self-awareness in their ability to motivate and influence others. This self-awareness should be developed into social awareness skills that allows mentors to provide an impact to mentees beyond their own needs but focuses on what is best for the mentee. A case study included in this presentation will focus on librarians from North Carolina who have been trained as mentors, both for their institutions and in guiding others through career advancement and as graduates working with new participants in the North Carolina Library Association Leadership Institute.

Additional Information

The Chronicle of Mentoring & Coaching [Special Issue], 2, 177-181.
Language: English
Date: 2019
emotion intelligence, EI, mentorship, mentoring relationships

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