Peer-to-peer mentoring

Peer-to-peer mentoring for business leaders

A network to support and inspire each other

The IoD Mentor Connect platform is designed to connect members looking for support and guidance on their leadership journey with those that want to share the benefit of their experience.

Whether you are an aspiring or experienced director, or anything in between, our platform makes it easy to find and build your support network, share your experiences and learn from others.

Access to the platform is free to all members.

How you will benefit

Find experienced mentors

Find experienced mentors

Gain valuable insights and personalised guidance from accomplished directors, no matter how far along you are in your career journey.

Sounding board

Sounding board

Confidentially discuss strategic issues and receive valuable feedback from trusted advisors.

Connect with peers

Share experiences, challenges and best practices with a supportive network of IoD members.

A place to connect and share your knowledge and experience

Our platform makes it easy to:

  • Search for mentors based on location, industry, company size, career stage, expertise, skills, and mentorship preference
  • Offer advice and support to other directors and aspiring directors
  • Schedule meetings and communicate securely within the platform
  • Set goals, monitor your development, and get the most out of your mentoring experience

IoD Mentor Connect

Understand more about the platform and learn what you can get out of signing up.

How to get started

Choose one of the options below and log into your MyIoD account. If it is your first time logging into the mentoring platform, you will be asked to register as a mentor, mentee or both and set up your profile.

Become a Mentor

Whether you are a young entrepreneur or an experienced board director, you have a lot to offer the business community.

Share your knowledge and expertise by signing up as a mentor today.

  • Member Free

Become a Mentee

Want to gain valuable insights and personalised guidance from accomplished directors?

Create your profile and find the right mentor for you.

Aspiring and experienced directors are welcome to sign up as mentees.

  • Member Free

Not an IOD member?

Discover the benefits of IoD membership and gain full access to the IoD Mentor Connect platform and other benefits that will help you excel in your leadership career.

  • Non-member Prices vary

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Terms and conditions for a successful mentorship experience

To ensure a productive and rewarding mentorship experience for everyone, we’ve established terms and conditions for both mentors and mentees. To review the full terms and conditions, click here.

  • Respect and confidentiality: Treat one another with respect and professionalism. Maintain confidentiality regarding any sensitive information discussed during your mentorship sessions.
  • Commitment and communication: Be committed to your mentorship journey. Communicate openly and regularly to ensure your goals and expectations are aligned.
  • Active participation: Actively participate in meetings and discussions. Come prepared to share your experiences and ask questions.
  • Professional conduct: Maintain professional conduct throughout the programme. This includes avoiding any discriminatory or harassing behaviour.
  • No solicitation: The platform is not intended for solicitation or promotion of personal services or businesses.
  • Reporting concerns: If you experience any inappropriate behaviour or have concerns about the programme, report them immediately to [email protected].

Disclaimer

By signing up to the IoD Mentor Connect platform, you agree to adhere to these terms and conditions.

While the mentoring process will support the professional development of both mentor and mentee, the mentoring scheme should not be considered a substitute for professional judgment. The final responsibility for judgments and decisions made by participants on the IoD mentoring scheme, and the actions that flow from them, lie with participants.

Supplying voluntary mentoring services does not represent financial, management or consultancy advice. The mentor is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided to the mentee. The mentee is advised to take suitable independent professional advice before acting on any information, suggestion, or guidance given by the mentor. The IoD and the mentor will not, in any circumstances, be liable to the mentee or to any third party for any loss, damage, cost or other liability which occurs as a result of, or in connection with providing mentoring services to the mentee.

These terms and conditions are in place to foster a safe and productive environment for all participants.

The administrators reserve the right to take appropriate action, including suspension or termination of participation, for any violation of these terms and conditions.

By following these guidelines, we can ensure a positive and enriching mentorship experience for everyone involved.

How do I sign up for the platform?

To access the IoD Mentor Connect platform you will need to be a member of IoD and log in using your MyIoD username and password.

You will have been issued these details at the time of registration. If you have forgotten them, please use the ‘Forgotten Password’ link on the login form.

Access the IoD Mentor Connect platform here.

What devices can I access the platform on?

The platform is designed for maximum flexibility. You can access it from any device with a web browser, including your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet.

This allows you to easily manage your mentorship journey on the go, whether you are checking messages during your commute or reviewing mentor profiles at home.

I'm having trouble logging in. What should I do?

If you are facing any issues with the mentoring platform, please email [email protected] and one of our friendly team members would be happy to help.

Do I need to be a qualified mentor to participate?

No, formal qualifications aren’t required to be a mentor on the IoD Mentor Connect Platform. However, we do look for experienced IoD members who have a strong track record in directorship.

Your practical knowledge and insights gained through real-world experience are what will be most valuable to your mentee.

Special offer

Our provider of professional business mentoring, the Association of Business Mentors, provides IoD members with discounts on both their membership joining fee and courses to support you on your journey in becoming a qualified business mentor. To find out more, click here.

Who can be a mentor?

Any IoD member who is an experienced director and feels confident in supporting other directors on their leadership journey can become a mentor.

Your willingness to share your knowledge and expertise is what makes the programme successful.

What are the expectations of a mentor?

As a mentor, you’ll play a vital role in supporting your mentee’s professional development. This includes providing guidance and advice, offering feedback on challenges they face, and helping them set and achieve their goals.

The platform facilitates communication and scheduling meetings, but the frequency of these interactions is flexible – it’s something you’ll decide on together with your mentee.

How much time commitment is expected?

The time commitment for mentors is flexible and can be tailored to fit your schedule and your mentee’s needs.

There’s no minimum or maximum requirement.

However, we recommend establishing a regular schedule of communication (e.g., monthly meetings) to ensure a productive mentorship experience.

What are the benefits of being a mentor?

Being a mentor offers a wealth of rewards that extend beyond simply helping others. Here are some key benefits you’ll gain:

  • Sharpen your skills: Mentorship isn’t just about sharing knowledge – it’s a two-way street. By guiding your mentee through challenges and fostering their problem-solving skills, you’ll refine your own analytical and communication abilities.
  • Boost your confidence: As you share your expertise and witness your mentee’s growth, you’ll gain a renewed appreciation for your own knowledge and experience. This can be a powerful confidence booster in your professional life.
  • Expand your network: Mentorship connects you with a new generation of leaders and fresh perspectives. This can lead to valuable professional connections and broaden your understanding of the ever-evolving business landscape.
  • Give back to your community: Sharing your knowledge with aspiring directors is a fulfilling way to contribute to the success of the IoD community and foster future leaders in the field. The sense of purpose you gain from supporting others is a unique reward.

Becoming a mentor is an investment in both your own growth and the future of your profession.

Can I choose the mentees I work with?

Yes, you have some control over who you mentor.

Mentees will send you a request to be your mentee, and you can then review their profile and ask any questions you may have before deciding to accept.

This allows you to find a mentee who aligns with your expertise and interests. You also have the option to decline a request or withdraw your application from the programme at any time.

How many mentees can I have at the same time?

To ensure you can provide each mentee with the time and attention they deserve, we recommend limiting the number of mentees you work with to a maximum of three at any one time.

This allows you to foster meaningful relationships and offer personalised support to each mentee on their leadership journey.

However, the ultimate decision is yours.

If you feel comfortable managing more than 3 mentees and have the capacity to do so effectively, you can discuss this with the administrators by emailing [email protected].

Who will I be mentoring?

Your mentees will be fellow IoD members who are aspiring or existing executive directors seeking guidance and support in their leadership journey.

In most cases, they won’t be young students, but rather experienced professionals looking to elevate their directorship skills and knowledge.

The platform facilitates connections based on your expertise and the specific needs of your mentees.

This ensures a mutually beneficial mentorship experience where you can share your insights and they can gain valuable guidance from a seasoned director like yourself.

How much does it cost?

The IoD Mentor Connect platform is a free benefit exclusively for IoD members.

Discover the benefits of IoD membership and gain full access to the mentoring platform and other benefits that will help you excel in your leadership career.

Explore membership options.

How long will it take to be matched with a mentee?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer! The time it takes to be matched with a mentee depends on a few things, including:

  • Your profile: A detailed and informative profile highlighting your experience and areas of expertise will be attractive to mentees seeking specific guidance. Regularly update your profile to showcase your skills and experience relevant to mentee needs.
  • Mentee demand: The overall pool of mentees on the platform and their interests will influence how quickly you connect with a good fit. Be patient. The platform is constantly growing, so new mentees are joining all the time.
  • Remember: Even if you haven’t been matched yet, your profile is still visible to mentees browsing the directory. This is a great opportunity to showcase your expertise and attract potential mentees who might reach out directly to you.

If you’d like to speed up the process, consider emailing us at [email protected]. We can help facilitate connections based on your expertise and mentee needs.

How do I find the right mentor for me?

Our platform is designed to help you find a mentor who perfectly complements your needs and goals. Here’s how you can leverage the search filters to find your ideal match:

  • Expertise and skills: Seek out mentors with expertise relevant to your desired career path. Focus on areas where you want to develop your skill set.
  • Industry: Narrow down your search by sector to find mentors who understand the specific challenges and opportunities within your field.
  • Career stage: Match with mentors who have experience at a similar stage in their careers. They can offer valuable insights based on their own journey.
  • Company size: Consider if you’d prefer a mentor from a similar sized company or one with experience in a larger or smaller organisation, depending on your goals.
  • Location: While online mentoring offers flexibility, location preference can be a factor. You might seek someone you can meet with in person occasionally.
  • Mentoring preference: Indicate whether you prefer face-to-face meetings, online video calls, or a combination of both, depending on your learning style and availability.

By utilising these filters in combination, you’ll be well on your way to finding a mentor who can provide tailored guidance and support throughout your directorship journey.

What topics can I discuss with my mentor?

The beauty of peer-to-peer mentoring lies in its flexibility to address a wide range of topics relevant to your directorship journey. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Executive leadership: Discuss strategies for effective boardroom leadership, navigating complex board dynamics, and fostering a collaborative environment.
  • Corporate governance: Seek guidance on implementing best practice in corporate governance, ensuring transparency and accountability within your organisation.
  • Risk management: Gain insights on identifying and mitigating potential risks, developing robust risk management frameworks, and ensuring compliance with regulations.
  • Sustainability: Explore strategies for integrating sustainability into your company’s operations, managing environmental impact, and aligning with stakeholder expectations.
  • Professional Development: Discuss strategies for continuous learning, setting professional goals, and developing your skill set to excel in the ever-evolving business landscape.
  • Strategy: Discuss strategic planning for your organisation, developing a competitive advantage, and making sound long-term decisions.
  • Finance: Gain insights on financial management, understanding financial statements, and making informed financial decisions for your organisation.

These are just a few examples, and the specific topics you discuss will depend on your individual needs and aspirations. Your mentor can also be a sounding board for broader career challenges, offering valuable perspectives and advice to help you navigate your professional journey.

How often should I meet with my mentor?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the ideal meeting frequency depends on your individual needs and preferences, as well as your mentor’s availability.

Here are some additional tips for establishing a meeting schedule with your mentor:

  • Discuss your preferences during your initial meeting.
  • Consider your individual schedules and availability.
  • Factor in the complexity of the topics you want to address.
  • Maintain consistent communication and adjust the frequency as needed.

By openly communicating and finding a mutually agreeable schedule, you can ensure your mentorship journey is productive and enriching.

What if I'm not satisfied with my mentor match?

We understand that mentorship is most effective when there’s a strong connection. If, after giving it a try, you feel your match isn’t ideal, you have options:

  • Schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss expectations and find common ground.
  • Withdraw your application and request a re-match through the platform to find a mentor better aligned with your needs.

How much does it cost?

The IoD Mentor Connect platform is a free peer-to-peer benefit exclusively for IoD members.

Discover the benefits of IoD membership and gain full access to the mentoring platform and other benefits that will help you excel in your leadership career.

Explore membership options.

Special offer

To find out about our discounted professional business mentoring offer from the Association of Business Mentors, providing IoD members with access to qualified mentors, click here.

How many mentors can I have?

To ensure you can provide focused attention to each mentoring relationship, we recommend limiting the number of mentors you work with to a maximum of five at a time.

However, the choice is ultimately yours.

If you feel you can effectively manage more than five mentors, you can discuss this with the administrators by emailing [email protected].

Get in touch

If you are facing any issues or would like to ask for more information about the mentoring platform, please email [email protected] and one of our friendly team members would be happy to help.

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