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Discover the Leader within Yourself

The McMaster Humanities Mentorship program is a unique opportunity for upper-year students to make a positive impact on the experience of fellow students. The program helps participants develop the invaluable leadership skills sought by employers.

The program is designed to immerse senior students in a structured mentorship relationship with other students who are new to McMaster University. Mentors have the option of mentoring first year Humanities students or international students whose first language is not English .

Mentors also engage in an in-class component where they study the foundations of leadership and cultivate an interest in the mentoring process. A few of the topics discussed in class are:

  • Effective Leadership Communication
  • Leading Change
  • Motivating and Empowering others
  • Emotional and Social Intelligence
  • Conflict Management and Effective Collaboration

Students examine a number of leadership principles and techniques designed to foster greater self-awareness and a better understanding of others, and apply their learning to their mentorship role.


The Art of Leadership: Mentorship (Level 3)

Effective leaders possess strong ethical values, emotional and social intelligence, excellent communication skills, and creativity; they have empathy, and are able to influence and inspire through informed, reasoned arguments.

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Reimagining Leadership (Level 4)

The fourth-year course builds upon the previous course in order to provide additional training in leadership and mentorship, and particularly coaching.

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Course Details

Early in the course students will complete an online assessment (a 360 assessment). The LPI (Leadership Practices Inventory) assessment is a leadership development tool designed to help you measure your leadership behaviours and enable you to take action to improve your effectiveness as a leader. The assessment consists of a Student Self-Assessment and the Student LPI Observer (anonymously completed by others chosen by you) making it a comprehensive look at the frequency with which you engage in The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. The thirty-item assessment measures the frequency of specific leadership behaviours on a five-point scale, and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

These leadership opportunities require a commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per week, divided roughly as follows:

  • 1-2 hours dedicated to meeting with mentees
  • 2-3 hours mentee-meeting development (plan, execute, reflect)
  • 2 hours class time (training and development)
  • 2-3 hours: readings, assignments, reflections, learning portfolio

The objectives of The Art of Leadership: Mentorship will be attained through an understanding of the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership, as identified in the The Student Leadership Challenge (Kouzes & Posner, 2014). The 5 practices are:

Mentor qualifications:

Mentors should have a positive attitude and be students in good academic standing. The key characteristics of successful leaders and mentors are:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Excellent listening and communication skills.

Who should take this program?

The program is intended for upper-year students (any program) who wish to ...

  • Develop their leadership skills
  • Improve interpersonal communication and problem solving skills
  • Make a positive influence on other McMaster students
  • Assist first year students with their transition to McMaster
  • Help international students who are improving their English language skills transition to university studies in the Canadian context

What do you get out of the program?

  • Course credit
  • Instrumental leadership and communication skills that will stand out to employers on your résumé
  • The satisfaction and reward of helping others succeed in their goals and aspirations

The application process for becoming a mentor is easy. Fill out the online application form, click submit, and you're done! Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted as soon as a decision has been made.

Good luck!

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding the leadership/ mentorship program, or the application process, please contact Ms Claudia Huelgas at Ms Huelgas’ office is LRW 4043, and her extension is 23718.

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