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  • Traits of a Great Mentor

    Mentors are invaluable resources for students, entrepreneurs, and career-oriented individuals. Ninety-seven per cent of mentees feel that mentors are highly impactful and valuable. Likewise, 87% of both parties feel empowered and confident because of their mentoring relationships.

    However, not all mentors are created equal. Great mentors must possess key traits that are essential to creating a harmonious, productive, and lasting dynamic with their protégés.

    So, read on if you’re planning to become a better mentor yourself or simply want to know what characteristics to look for in your potential mentor. In this post, we’ll discuss the traits of a great mentor.

    What is Mentorship?

    Everyone can benefit from having a mentor in their life. A mentor is someone who shares their knowledge and experience with someone else to help them grow.

    A mentor-mentee relationship is built on trust and mutual respect, and it can profoundly impact both parties involved. Mentors can offer invaluable guidance and support, helping mentees to navigate challenges and reach their full potential. In turn, mentees can provide mentors with a new perspective and fresh ideas.

    What’s in it for You?

    Everyone has had a mentor at some point in their life—someone who has helped them navigate a new job, taught them how to play a sport, or shown them the ropes of a new hobby. A great mentor can make all the difference in someone’s journey of self-discovery.

    By taking the time to invest in someone else’s growth, mentors can make a lasting impact in their lives.

    A Great Mentor Should Be…

    A Teacher and a Learner

    Being a mentor requires a willingness to share your knowledge and expertise with others. A mentee will look to you for pieces of advice and tips that are relevant to their line of work. Make sure to provide them with comprehensive and realistic information that they will find deeply helpful and applicable.

    Although you are a few levels or titles ahead, you must also be open to learning a thing or two from your coachee.

    We are all lifelong learners, regardless of how long we’ve been in our respective industries.

    An Active Listener

    Great mentors practice active listening. This means that they are present in the moment and engaging with what their mentee is saying. They give their full attention without getting distracted and remain respectful and curious. Asking follow-up questions shows that you have a genuine interest in the conversation and want to gain a deeper understanding of your mentee’s experiences.

    An Empath

    You need to be able to hear not just the words being said but also the feelings and emotions behind them. Empathising with your mentee gives you insight into their learning style, personality and unique experience. Only then can you give the best advice and support.

    More importantly, empathy helps build trust and rapport, which you will need to make the relationship work in the long run.

    A Constructive Critic

    Constructive feedback is important because it helps people learn from their mistakes and improve. The best mentors can pinpoint strengths and weaknesses, then provide specific suggestions on how a person can improve. They also know how to praise one’s accomplishments and progress.

    Providing constructive feedback involves strong communication skills because you need to explain things as clearly and concisely as possible without hurting your mentee’s feelings.

    A Role Model

    A mentor should provide guidance, support and inspiration. They should be someone the mentee can look up to, and who will set a good example in all areas of life. They must show that they practice what they preach. You must exhibit admirable qualities that your coachee would want to emulate.

    Accept the Challenge

    If you want to be a great mentor, start by being patient and generous with your time. Be open to learning new things and don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong. Most importantly, take joy in seeing the success of your mentee.

    Remember that you took on the challenge of being a mentor to help others find their way in life and support their personal and professional development, just as someone did for you in the past.

    Part of Krissy Jones’ calling is to mentor the youth. She volunteered as a mentor for The Prince’s Trust, teaching and motivating young aspiring entrepreneurs with their business ventures. Krissy is open to sharing her experiences with you so you can become an excellent mentor yourself.

    Contact her at hello@krissyjones.net today. You may also visit her website to learn more about what she does.