Mentor Characteristics

  • Good listener/sounding board

  • Flexible

  • Value diversity of perspectives

  • Knowledgeable

  • Nonjudgmental

  • Able to give constructive feedback

  • Honest and candid

  • Able to network and find resources

  • Successful in career

  • Willing/able to devote time to developing others

  • Eager to learn

Do a self-assessment and know what you are offering to your mentee and what you expect of yourself.

  • What are my strengths as a mentor?

  • What are my challenges as a mentor?

  • In what ways can I compensate for my mentoring weaknesses (e.g., books, training, advice from good role model)?