Mentor Traits and Requirements

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Mentor Traits and Requirements
S Luther, UK
In the workplace, FEAR often stops good mentoring; holding on to information, they may want my job.
A good mentor has to have the following attributes / traits (the culture of a company can influence this and should):
- Openness, don't hold anything back
- Wanting to see others succeed and grow
- Empower with information and skills
. A mentor need not be the manager
- Having no vested interest
- Gives objective advice and encouragement.
These are highly important and valuable people skills, but managers are too often focused on other issues.

Mentoring Needs Two People to Clearly Understand Each Other
Nyasulu Pachisi, Other, Malawi
It is very difficult to mentor someone you don't really know, for instance
- the academic background
- the cultural background
- the different (work) ethics that he/she adopts.
The mentor should study the mentee thoroughly before committing to too many things.
The language used should be well versed, pronounced audibly and if possible with clear examples.

Integrity,Trust and Communication Skills
S Luther, UK
The important thing with mentoring is for both parties to understand each other's roles and what each wants from the relationship. The mentor is chosen for a particular reason; knowledge, skill, experience, which the mentee can tap into.
The integrity of the mentor is crucial, from this comes trust. It can be a developing relationship in which each progressively learns more about the other.
Verbal communication skills are equally as important as having good questioning and listening skills. Without these the mentor will fail to support the mentee adequately.



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