I would describe my mentoring style as hands-off, but always available. I believe that mentoring needs can vary widely across different individuals and over time for the same individual. I therefore seek to tailor my mentoring style to individual trainees and adjust it over time for each individual as they need. The crucial component of this is regular communication, and I aim to have a scheduled meeting with each of my lab members every week. These meetings can last just a few minutes or for several hours, depending on the stage of the individual and their project.
I view my primary responsibility as a mentor to facilitate the training and intellectual advancement of my lab members so that they may achieve their long-term scientific and career goals. I have no expectation that all lab members will want to remain in academia and accept trainees with diverse career goals.