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Have you ever had a mentor? If you haven’t, you are not alone. Even people who have had mentors still don’t understand the relationship between Mentors and Mentees. Many simply see a Mentee as a young intern or co-worker or someone always looking up to another person for help. Truth is, mentorship is for any and everyone, of any age, who seeks knowledge and wants to get ahead in business or in life in general. Merriam-Webster defines a mentor as “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and, often, younger person.” The rule is not just to approach anyone to be your mentor. If you want a good mentor, look for the following high-value traits.
A good mentor must be honest and truthful at all times. You do not need anyone who flatters you as a mentor. Telling you the truth to your face as a way of encouraging you is all that you need in a mentor. A good mentor should always be truthful with the advice dispensed, even if it stings a little. A straight-shooting mentor in the long run is always more beneficial than someone who is constantly praising you.
Trustworthy and Confidential
Mentors and Mentees relationship is best when based on trust and confidentiality. The relationship is stronger and most beneficial when these conditions exist. For the mentorship to succeed, there must be a certain level of discretion and trust. This is because mentees need to feel that they can talk to their mentor about anything or any challenge they're facing, without fears of repercussion or any form of loss or reprisals.
Generous with Information
When you come across someone knowledgeable and generous with that knowledge, you have a good mentor. That is because good mentors are always willing to share what they know with their Mentees. They willingly share information for the benefit of their Mentees and not for their own personal glory or aggrandizement. Good mentoring takes time and commitment, but both parties must set realistic expectations that are agreed upon ahead of time. Mentees must however not take undue advantage over their mentors’ time and privacy. That is what makes the relationship really beneficial.
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