Thinking about becoming a mentor? Here are 7 of the traits we think it takes to be a good mentor
Mentoring isn’t a workplace fad. While it may feel like mentoring schemes are becoming increasingly popular across organisations and industries, the idea of an experienced elder lending their knowledge and support to a less-experienced mentee has its roots in Greek mythology.
So, we can be sure this ancient practice is here to stay. And for good reason.
Mentoring is fulfilling for both the mentee and mentor, and in a career sense, can help both people get the skills and experience needed to reach their goals.
H2:What does a mentor do?
A mentor uses their skills and career experience to support and advise the mentee. They might help with things like exploring career paths and finding resources, or setting goals to help the mentee progress professionally to where they want to be.
Mentors are also their mentee’s biggest cheerleader, celebrating their successes and spurring them on when
H2: What makes a good mentor?
A good mentor has many qualities. And some of those qualities are consistent with our 5 power traits.
If you’re thinking about mentoring someone at work or within your industry, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the qualities great mentors have:
H3:1. They’re willing to help
Firstly, and arguably most importantly, all good mentors are willing to help support the professional development of their mentee. But if you’re considering becoming a mentor, you’ve already ticked this box!
Mentors need to be generous with their time and knowledge in order to benefit the person they’re mentoring –
H3:2. They have great organisation skills
Although work-related, mentoring tends to be something you do outside of typical office hours, so you need to be able to set aside time to commit to meetings with your mentee.
That means being organised and managing extra work on top of your to-do list.
H3:3. They’re authentic
Authentic people engender trust, and building trust between yourself and your mentee is essential for a successful working relationship.
Mentees should feel comfortable sharing their career goals and ambitions with their mentor, they also need to trust their mentor to give them sound advice and one way to win that trust is to be authentic in every communication.
H3:4. They’re approachable
For someone in the early stages of their career, working closely with someone who is more established or senior can be a daunting prospect.
Mentors need to be approachable so their mentees feel comfortable coming to them for help and support.
H3:5. They’re great collaborators
Good collaborators help others to achieve a mutual goal, and are less interested in getting credit for their role in the process.
The best mentors are able to guide their mentees to reach the goals they want without imposing their own idea of what success looks like.
H3:6. They know how to give feedback
One of the most important ingredients for successful career development is feedback. And, good or bad, it’s the role of a mentor to give their mentee honest and useful evaluations.
A good mentor should feel comfortable complimenting their mentee’s strengths, and offering advice on areas for improvement.
H3: 7. They’re good listeners
Finally, all good mentors are excellent listeners. Being a good listener means taking the time to fully understand and process what your mentee is trying to communicate.
This is an essential trait to effectively encourage your mentee and foster a good relationship.
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