Winning Qualities in a Mentor

Mentors not only deal in professional matters of their mentees, but also handle personal issues that their mentees face. A reason behind this is their belief that personal life and personal life are closely inter-connected, and behavioral changes in a person’s social life or family life will certainly bring changes in his professional life too.

Qualities in a Mentor

To realize the dream of successfully guiding high-performing employees towards greater heights, and taking up bigger job responsibilities, the mentor needs to have these qualities in himself −

  • Clarity − Giving and receiving accurate communication.

  • Supportiveness − A commitment to stand with and behind team members.

  • Confidence building − A personal commitment to build and sustain the self-image of each team member.

  • Mutuality − A partnership orientation where everyone wins or no one wins.

  • Perspective − A total focus on the entire business enterprise.

  • Risk − The encouragement of innovation and effort that reduces punishment for mistakes and fosters learning by doing.

  • Patience − Going beyond the short-term business focus to a view of time and performance that balances long-term gain and business imperatives.

  • Involvement − A genuine interest in learning about individuals in order to know what incentives, concerns and actions will inspire them.

  • Confidentiality − An ability to protect the information of all team interactions and cause a sense of trust and comfort with the individuals.

  • Respect − A giving and receiving of high regard to and from the staff as individuals and members of the team. Study these values, consider the degree to which you possess them, and make plans to develop them within you.