Mentoring with Leadership Victoria

Leadership Victoria has been matching experienced mentors with current and emerging leaders for over 25 years.

In 2016 alone, we have matched over 250 individual leaders and organisations with a mentor, as well as delivering and supporting delivery of programs for partner organisations.

We know that mentoring plays a critical role in strengthening leadership – research shows that informal relationship-based learning such as mentoring serves as the most consistently powerful source of individual and career performance.

Our approach

Mentoring is a relationship that gives people the opportunity to share their professional and personal skills and experiences, and to grow and develop in the process. 

This relationship grows over time, and is based on active listening, encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and willingness to learn and share.

An effective mentoring relationship can provide a unique opportunity for you to engage, learn and be challenged by an individual or organisation whose perspectives, experiences and areas of expertise are different to your own.

Find a mentor

For organisations seeking to support their staff development through a mentor program, we can work with you to design a flexible, tailored program which meets the needs of your team.

We can:

  • Design and deliver a mentor program including providing mentors from our alumni and wider networks
  • Use our expertise and experience to work with your organisation to establish your own in-house mentoring program.

For more information or to enquire about a customised mentor program to support your staff please email info@leadershipvictoria.org.

Individuals from GreatConnections members are able to access mentoring through LV. If your organisation is not a member of GreatConnections, click here for more information on how to join.

Become a mentor

Mentoring through Leadership Victoria (LV) offers an opportunity to strengthen your own leadership capabilities, reflect on your practice and gain benefit from seeing others develop new skills.

As an LV mentor, we will match you with a program participant, with the aim of further developing their individual, organisational and community leadership skills and capacity. 

Your role is to support the participant with their personal and leadership growth for the duration of the program and where mutually agreed, beyond the program.

Some of our mentoring programs involve a match between a mentor and team, committee or Board – in some cases, they are whole-of-organisation.

In most cases, we anticipate that mentoring will be a commitment of around four hours per month. 

We support mentoring relationships with a resources, an induction and regular reflection opportunities – as well as a new LV Mentoring Community of Practice.

To join LV as mentor, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have experience relevant to the program in which you have expressed interest, as well as interest and experience in developing the leadership capabilities of others
  • Commit to enter into a mentoring partnership agreement and to honour the mentoring work plan established with the mentee
  • Be available to meet face-to-face with the mentee once per month (times and locations by agreement between mentor/mentee)
  • Commit to upholding the confidentiality of the mentee and the LV Code of Ethics for Volunteers

To learn more about the role of mentoring in LV’s programs, read the story of mentee Amos Kabanya and mentor Jilane Matinga, who participated in the 2014 African Leadership Development Program.


Mentoring Opportunities

Leadership Victoria (LV) runs several leadership  programs that offer participants a chance to be matched with a mentor.

These leadership programs can largely be categorised into Community Based (e.g New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program); Professional Development (e.g Health Sector Leadership Program) or Not-For-Profit Board Mentoring programs. Community and Professional Development programs have 1:1 mentor-mentee relationships while Board mentoring is usually 1 mentor to the entire Board, requiring very experienced mentors.

If you would like to express interest in participating in these programs as a mentor for 2017, please click HERE and complete the online form.  New mentors will be asked to upload a current CV and may be interviewed personally or by phone. 

As dates for programs are confirmed, you will be emailed and your availability for that program sought for the program category you have selected.  The first of our Community based programs – New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program, Melbourne - will tentatively run from March through to May. 

To learn more about these mentoring opportunities, please contact Leadership Victoria at info@leadershipvictoria.org.


Expressions of Interest

If you would like to express interest in becoming a mentor for our programs, please click HERE.

We will draw on the information provided in your expression of interest to match you to a participant or organisation in the mentoring program, as well as using this information to introduce you to your matched participant or organisation.

For more information, please email info@leadershipvictoria.org.