This is Part 1 of our 10-part series on the 10 Key Qualities and Habits of a Highly Effective Mentor. Read our introduction to the series here.
We thought we’d kick off this year with a list of the top qualities and habits that make the most effective mentors. Why is this important? Because being able to recognise the qualities that make your mentors top-notch will help you identify other individuals that could make excellent mentors, as well as help train others to become them.
The first quality of kickass mentors we’d like to highlight in our series is this: They care about the next generation’s success.
But how can you tell if someone actually cares? Read on.
1. They can spot the potential in others
Effective mentors have a positive view of others that greatly increases how much knowledge can be transferred from one person to another. They push their mentees to achieve their goals and stretch themselves, in large part because they genuinely believe their mentee has the potential to succeed. The ability to recognise, and then actively encourage the potential in others can truly be the difference between a mediocre and an exceptional mentor.
2. They are dedicated to the other’s success
Those who understand that the mentoring relationship goes beyond themselves are much more willing to make a genuine investment in the mentoring relationship. This, in turn, better sets up the partnership for success. Being dedicated to another’s success, instead of just encouraging it, means actively helping mentees hit milestones that bring them closer and closer to their goals, as well as providing feedback on what can be improved as the mentee reaches for the next, upcoming milestone.
3. They genuinely care about the organisation they find themselves in
Exceptional mentors want to see success blossom from everyone involved in the mentoring program across the entire organisation. That’s because they know this can help benefit not only the organisation, but also the participants individually and the mentoring program as a whole. By investing themselves in the organisation’s mission and becoming an active participant in the company’s mentoring program, effective mentors let it be known that they are willing to help not only their individual mentoring partner, but the program as a whole be a success. Which brings us to our last and final point…
4. They take a personal interest in their mentoring relationships
Good mentors do not take their responsibility lightly; on the contrary, they feel personally invested in the success of their mentees. This type of investment usually requires someone who is knowledgeable, compassionate, and has the additional attributes of a good teacher or trainer. Excellent communication skills are also required and should not be downplayed, as communication is at the heart of any relationship.
A Reflection of Oneself
Ultimately, a good mentor is committed to helping their mentees find success and gratification in their chosen profession, as the mentor themself has found. That’s because, at the end of the day, how you mentor someone else is a direct reflection of the mentor and the mentor’s values. If the mentor in question has found purpose and fulfilment in their chosen profession, it’s likely they’ll want to help their mentee find those things as well.
Overall, good mentoring requires dedication to empowering mentees to develop their own strengths, beliefs, and personal attributes. Although the mentee’s path may not look identical to their mentor’s, the tools that get them to where they want to be will be shared by someone invested in their success.
Are you ready to start building a culture of mentoring at your own organisation? Mentorloop can help.