Monday, January 7, 2013

What makes a good mentor?

A good mentoree.

Ok, that's simplistic. But really it doesn't matter how good the message is or how informed, passionate or helpful the mentor is, if the person on the other side of the relationship isn't interested in listening or discussing or trying new things.

An active, passionate, engaged mentoree will make even an average mentor (are any mentors average?) better by the questions asked, the discoveries made and the new territories explored.

We should probably discuss what qualities a good mentor may have... feel free to give me your top 5!

2 comments:

Kristen Ridley said...

Great post Dennie, and Happy New Year! I wrote a post in a similar vein awhile back. Here are the five important things I came up with, that I think apply equally to BOTH the mentor and the mentee:

Experience
Objectivity
Listening
Kindness
Commitment/time

Dennie Theodore said...

HNY to you too! I'd be willing to debate kindness if I could only have 5... I might substitute 'vulnerability' or 'curiosity'?