Candidate Mentorship Program

The Tarrant County Republican Party is pioneering a Mentorship Program, which offers free professional advice to conservatives who are considering or are embarking on a run for political office.  Mentors are experienced campaigners who have won at least one of the offices for which they ran.  They will share their own personal experiences and offer only solicited advice. 

 

It is the decision of the Mentee whether they follow said advice, and since nothing in politics is guaranteed, there is no guarantee offered by the Tarrant GOP or involved Mentors that the candidate will win his/her race.  However, knowledge is power, and sometimes it is worth talking with someone who has been through the experience of running for, and winning, political office.

 

 

What is the role of a Tarrant GOP Mentor?

 

A mentor may share with a mentee information about his or her own elected office and/or campaign experience, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. There are five roles that a Tarrant GOP mentor may provide to a mentee:

 

Coaching:  This involves modeling behavior, providing information, etc., and striving to understand what the mentee is seeking from the mentoring relationship;
Networking:  This involves helping the mentee to open doors, referring the mentee to others, promoting the mentee's talents;
Cheerleading:  This involves inspiring the mentee to achieve the goal of elected office, challenging the mentee in their assumptions and encouraging them in their development towards an electable candidate;
Counselor:  This involves listening, probing to discover the key issues affecting the mentee's campaign/elected office success and failures, clarifying, and advising;
Friend:  This involves accepting the mentee for who they are and engaging in a friendship relationship that supports the mentee in their personal and professional campaign and elected office aspirations.

 

What are the ethical parameters/guidelines for a Tarrant GOP Mentor?

 

Boundary management & roles: Those working in a mentoring relationship may develop friendships over time.  It is important to have a clear mentoring relationship and not allow personal bias to influence professional actions. the mentee and mentor should discuss boundaries at the onset of the relationship. Different people may have different ideas about what the boundaries should be.

Competence: Mentors need to be conscious of their own levels of mentoring competence and experience and to never overstate them.

Contracting: Examples of clear contracting should include clarity over length and frequency of sessions; agreement on whether it is permissible or not to make email/telephone/text contact concerning mentoring issues between mentoring sessions; responsibility for finding a suitable location for the mentoring session etc.
Maintaining confidentiality: A breach in confidentiality is a difficult problem to resolve, so it is best to avoid it altogether. At the onset of the relationship, mentees and mentors need to identify the kinds of things that should be confidential. When one party thinks there is a reason for disclosing confidential information, s/he should talk with the other to obtain permission in advance.
Avoiding conflicts of interest: Avoid personal biases and assumptions that what worked for you will work for the mentee. Also avoid taking action of behalf of the mentee unless there is joint agreement.

 

What are the expectations of a Tarrant GOP Mentor?

 

A mentor is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as an “experienced and trusted adviser”. This description reflects how Tarrant GOP would like to see mentors work with their mentees. Your role as mentor will cover at least some of the following:

  • Listen - be a sounding board;

  • Ask questions to help develop your’s and the mentee’s understanding of a situation or problem;

  • Provide information and knowledge and share informal networks;

  • Offer different perspectives;

  • Provide support and encouragement;

  • Provide insight into your experiences;

  • Offer guidance and advice in regards to qualifications;

  • Be a critical friend, help mentees identify areas for development.

 

What are the expectations of a Tarrant GOP Mentee?

 

Mentors may share personal experiences and confidential information with the Mentees. Hence, it is critical that the Mentees respect the Mentors and the information they receive during mentorship, such as the following:

 

Boundary management & roles: Those working in a mentoring relationship may develop friendships over time.  It is important to have a clear mentoring relationship and not allow personal bias to influence professional actions. the mentee and mentor should discuss boundaries at the onset of the relationship. Different people may have different ideas about what the boundaries should be.

Contracting: Examples of clear contracting should include clarity over length and frequency of sessions; agreement on whether it is permissible or not to make email/telephone/text contact concerning mentoring issues between mentoring sessions; responsibility for finding a suitable location for the mentoring session etc.
Maintaining confidentiality: A breach in confidentiality is a difficult problem to resolve, so it is best to avoid it altogether. At the onset of the relationship, mentees and mentors need to identify the kinds of things that should be confidential. When one party thinks there is a reason for disclosing confidential information, s/he should talk with the other to obtain permission in advance.
Avoiding conflicts of interest: Avoid personal biases and assumptions that what worked for you will work for the mentee. Also avoid taking action on behalf of the mentee unless there is joint agreement.

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