Resource Spotlight: The Leadership Mentoring Network (LMN)
Who Is the LMN Program For?
ACHE created the Leadership Mentoring Network to expand opportunities for the learning and development of professionally experienced ACHE members. The Leadership Mentoring Network operates as a result of the service of dedicated volunteers. In light of our limited number of volunteers, we are only able to accept mentee requests from professionals who are currently in healthcare management positions. This service is available to ACHE Members only and is not designed for students or Student Members, nor is its intent to find employment for mentees; rather it is designed for employed healthcare professionals seeking growth as leaders.
ACHE Members who are job searching or enrolled in full-time education or training programs are recommended to take advantage of the benefits of ACHE's Career Advising Network. This network consists of a different pool of volunteers who have agreed to be resources for individuals exploring career directions or making transitions between healthcare sectors or locations.
What Is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a process that usually involves a more experienced individual, the mentor, providing guidance to a less experienced professional, the mentee. A mentoring partnership involves developing trust, investing resources (e.g. time and energy), and sometimes taking risks by challenging a partner. If a mentor feels valued only for the connections they possesses or the doors they can open a meaningful relationship probably will never develop. ACHE offers a number of tools and resources, such as CareerEDGE, to support mentors and mentees in tracking and achieving goals.
Why Consider Becoming a Mentor?
A few of many reasons for becoming a mentor include learning about yourself, benefiting from the exposure to a fresh perspective and deriving satisfaction for furthering another's career development. The return on mentoring efforts may also include growing an organization's management talent and fine-tuning your leadership skills in a one-on-one situation.
Why Consider Becoming a Mentee?
The guidance a mentee receives may take many forms. For example, a mentee may want to work on building self-confidence, developing professional and winning behaviors or sharpening critical thinking skills and knowledge. People can become mentees at any stage of their career. A young manager can receive valuable guidance from experienced mid-career executives, while the mid-careerist may benefit from a mentor who is at the C-suite level. Senior executives ready to move up from a small or mid-size organization may benefit from the counsel of a CEO or COO whose career already includes leading larger, more complex firms.
What Should Participants Expect?
The Leadership Mentoring Network maintains the classic one-to-one mentoring experience, while primarily meeting virtually (via phone, video chat, email, etc.) to accommodate the demanding schedule of a healthcare executive. While face-to-face meetings are acceptable, they are not the expectation. Using this approach, mentoring partnerships are made possible for individuals separated between great distances. Mentoring partnerships are expected to be established with a specific purpose or goal in mind. Though some partnerships last longer, the average connection lasts one year or less.
How Can You Get Started?
Prospective mentors and mentees must file a personal profile with ACHE's Career Resource Center so that the CRC may identify appropriate matches.
If you wish to become a mentor, please fill out the mentor profile form.
If you wish to become a mentee, please fill out the mentee profile form.
Want to know about mentoring? Explore the resources below to learn more about effective mentoring partnerships.