What makes for a successful professional mentor? While certain characteristics can—and do—vary from person to person, some are more common than others. Below is a roundup.
- They have a positive attitude. It's hard to be an effective mentor if you're negative or grumpy all the time. (It's hard to be an effective anything if you have a bad attitude, right?) That's not to say a mentor isn't allowed a bad day or even a bad week or month. But the best mentors will turn these challenging times into teachable moments by sharing the experience with the mentorees and explaining how they (the mentors) navigate rough waters—info that the mentorees can certainly benefit from hearing.