Necessary Qualities of a Mentor
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa
In my opinion, to be effective, a mentor must have the following qualities, not necessarily in order of priority:
1. They must have extensive knowledge and experience in their field of "expertise;
2. They must have the necessary patience and willingess to train and guide the "mentored".
3. They must have the desire to pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation; and
4. They must seek the reward that comes from the production of a well-qualified monitored person.
While the method used to pass on their knowledge will depend on the mentor, this should not be a limiting factor in the process.