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How To Be a Good Mentor

Any good mentoring relationship involves a transfer of knowledge based on the experiences of the mentor and their willingness to share their knowledge and experience with their mentee or protégé.  But in addition to sharing, it is also critical that mentors be effective at listening, asking the right questions, and remaining focused on the mentee’s development.

In addition to listening and asking the right questions, a good mentor ideally also has the following competencies:

  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Empathy
  • Openness/Candor
  • Empowering
  • Commitment
  • Passion
  • Honesty
  • Friendliness
  • Commitment
  • Self Awareness
  • Demonstrated Success

One of the most often overlooked components of a mentoring program is the need to effectively train mentors.  Most often, if there is any training at all, it is focused on the mentee or proteges.  Time and again, we hear seasoned executives tell us they want to be effective as a mentor, but have never been trained to do so, and therefore lack confidence in their skills as a mentor.  A good training will define the role and expectations of the mentor, the qualities and characteristics of a good mentor, and address the common pitfalls which could derail the mentoring relationship.

Becoming aware of the competencies of what it means to be a good mentor and identifying areas you excel in and potential areas you could improve upon is an important first step in developing your skills as a mentor.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a mentor and find out how you can get involved in a turn-key mentoring program today!

Alison Martin-Books

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Alison Martin-Books is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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