I’ve had the privilege of calling many people my mentors. Through my interactions with many of them, I’ve seen the great advantages that a great mentor can offer.
You know you’ve got a great mentor if they show these signs:
- Insightful. A mentoree will learn a lot more if they have to come to decisions on their own. A good mentor will provide advice and experience, without always telling the mentoree exactly what to do. Insight is sometimes better than answers.
- Selective. A good mentor shouldn’t be willing to mentor just anyone. It’s not easy to find a mentorial relationship that works well. A mentor needs to choose a mentoree that is ambitious, eager to learn and that won’t take their help for granted…and it should be the right “fit”.
- Connected. Whether it’s to find job opportunities, build relationships, make business introductions or just to help expand their mentoree’s network, your network is an extremely valuable resource and one that a good mentoree should find to be invaluable.
- Friendly. Your mentoree has bosses, parents, and teachers. They don’t need any more strict authority figures. A mentor should provide a comfortable atmosphere where their mentoree can turn when they’re facing problems, have tough questions or are looking for some moral support. A mentorial relationship should be a healthy mix of casual and professional.
- Honest. A good mentor is always honest and that means more than just telling the truth. No one knows everything, and when a mentor doesn’t know the answer to something, they need to be big enough to say so. Even better, they’ll find someone who does know the answer.
What else makes a great mentor?
Remember to thank your great mentors every Mentor Monday.