Create Your Own Internal Mentoring Program

Training Overview and Course Description

Manager mentoring an employee

Mentoring and medicine are the two oldest helping professions in the world.

Today, in the spirit of the ancient mentoring tradition, companies are developing formal, in-house programs to permit managers and executives to mentor aspiring workers. These internal mentoring programs minimize reliance on external coaches and mentors.

Putting together an internal mentoring program takes time, careful planning, and thoughtful preparation. We have designed this course to give you the tools, direction, and insight which you need to implement a successful mentoring structure.

Dr. Mike Armour, who conducts this training, has long helped organizations bring mentoring programs to maturity. Among these organizations have been family-owned enterprises, non-profits, closely-held private corporations, and even a Fortune 100 company.

From that experience he builds this training around best practices in creating a robust mentoring tradition within an organization.

This training is a natural adjunct to our course on Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives, which (as its name implies) aims at developing personal mentoring skills. By contrast, this training centers on the actual design and management of a mentoring program. For organizations wanting to build an effective mentoring effort, we recommend a combination package which includes both courses.


We tailor this training to your organization's unique leadership and management challenges and to its specific needs. Customization is included in the standard fee.


At present, all LeaderPerfect leadership and management trainings are conducted by Dr. Mike Armour, SLDI's founder and managing principal.

Language of Instruction:

Offered in English only.


Minimum of one full day or two half-days. Easily combines with our course on Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Executives to form a multi-day curriculum.

Training Location:

We deliver this course worldwide as an in-house or off-site event. The course is not conducive to online or virtual delivery.


Notebooks and extensive handouts, PowerPoint presentations, group discussion, case studies, small-group breakouts, video clips, role plays, planning exercises

Standard Fee:

The price for this courses is an all-inclusive flat-fee. The fee is determined by the number of training days, not the number of participants. This allows you to contract and budget for specific training dates without knowing how many people will attend.

Your total fee depends on several factors. For a full explanation, see our standard training fee schedule

Themes and Topics

Here is a sampling of themes typically covered in Create an Internal Mentoring Program. The final outline is always developed in collaboration with the client. And at the client's request, the course may include topics not listed below.

Why internal mentoring programs have become so popular

The three levels of wins which mentoring programs yield

Key considerations in designing a mentoring program

Combining formal and informal mentoring

Who makes a good mentor?

Characteristics of quality mentoring programs

Defining how a mentoring engagement will be structured

  • duration (in weeks or months)
  • frequency of meetings
  • length of individual sessions
  • where sessions will be held
  • range of topics and parameters governing conversations

Confidentiality considerations

The management of a mentoring program

Setting a mentoring calendar

Promoting the program prior to launch

Initial orientation and training of mentors

Periodic refresher training of mentors

On-boarding additional mentors as the program matures

Selecting the personnel to be mentored

Factors to consider in pairing mentors and mentees

Orientation sessions for those selected to be mentored

Securing firm commitments from both mentors and those they mentor

Periodic forums for mentors to share best practices

Reporting requirements for both mentors and mentees

Evaluating the effectiveness of your mentoring program

When to draw on external coaches or mentors

Reading and online resources