It’s no question, there are many benefits of being a mentor. But mentoring isn’t as easy as it may seem. So, what does it take to be effective at mentoring?
There are several tasks you should perform in order to be a successful mentor.
- Remember, mentoring is knowledge transfer. It is an opportunity to share your experiences with your mentee and help them to not make the same mistakes that you made.
- Listening is key. Show that you are an attentive listener by making eye contact, using body language to show you’re paying attention, providing feedback, deferring judgment, and responding appropriately.
- If applicable, get to know your mentee on more than just a professional level. Take personal interest in your mentee’s development.
- If you don’t have experience in dealing with a particular issue, ask someone in your network for advice or refer him or her to others who may have the experience to share regarding a particular issue.
- Be open to learning. No matter how much experience you have, you won’t know everything. Most mentors find they benefit from the mentoring relationship as well by learning from the mentee. In addition, mentors often sharpen their communications skills, develop empathy, and become better leaders.
By following these guidelines, you will be an effective mentor.