What are the characteristics of a good mentor?

  • Has integrity (abides by strong ethics)
  • Honest
  • Credible
  • Acts as a positive role model
  • Strong value system
  • Good listener
  • Strong network
  • Patience & interest to learn
  • Tolerant of others and their point of view
  • Punctual (awareness of time & importance to respect others time)
  • Professional (at work with colleagues, highly regarded in the workforce)
  • Positive (solution provider and not a complainer)
  • Guides well but does not dictate (asks open questions) – acts as a sounding board
  • Shares personal experiences and insights
  • Good communicator
  • Respects confidentiality
  • Accessible (responsive to others’ emails/calls)
  • Provide insight through sharing experiences
  • Acknowledges, celebrates and supports achievements
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