Qualities of a Good Mentor and Why It Matters to Your Employees Part I


Ann Gabriel | ExecutiveChronicles

It is very important to establish a good mentoring relationship with your employees, as well as to those who join your company even on a temporary basis.

Highly successful top level executives share their professional knowledge and expertise in their field.

Being available to answer any questions that are relevant to your employees job will most likely create an environment that is collaborative and highly conducive to success.

Mentoring relationships must be a two way process between the mentor and the mentee.

So, what are the qualities of a good mentor and why these matter to employees? must possess these qualities to create a high performing workplace.

Mentors must show willingness to share their expertise.

Mentors must have the ability to understand and identify the current level of expertise of their mentees. They must be open to answer questions and willing to teach what they know to their mentees. Highly successful mentors recall how they were when they started their careers. The mentoring process takes a lot of time and commitment from the mentor. Mentors must fully commit to support their mentees.

Mentors must have a personal interest in the mentoring process

The mentoring responsibility should not be taken lightly. The mentor must understand that they are creating an investment in the mentee. The mentor must be knowledgeable, compassionate, and possesses the attributes of a good teacher or trainer. Excellent communication skills is a must. The mentee’s success is the mentor’s success. Mentees must feel that they are empowered to develop their own strengths, beliefs, and personal attributes.

Mentors must exhibits enthusiasm in their field.

A mentor must show that their field of expertise is interesting.  The level of enthusiasm of a mentor must be high, to make the mentees feel that their job is important and has meaning to them.

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