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EIGHT THINGS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE CHOOSING A MENTOR

Posted by Admin | 1 year ago | Filed Under Entrepreneurship

Every individual needs a mentor whom they can look up to, someone who can act as a pillar of support while passing through the business journey. It is therefore not surprising to see young people searching for whom to make their mentor. Not everyone can mentor you, so you don’t go around choosing whom you feel is okay to do so. There has to be some questions you must ask yourself before you choose one and we have decided to help you with some of these questions.

These questions below will guide you in the right path towards choosing whom to mentor you.

Mentor Defined

According to oycp.com, a mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modelling positive behaviours. An effective mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentee.

The mentor does not take the mentoring relationship lightly and understands that good mentoring requires time and commitment and is willing to continually share information and their ongoing support with the mentee. A mentor demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model.

Here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you choose a mentor:

  • Does the person already have a mentee? It would be okay to choose someone who does not already have a mentee or someone who currently has only one or two mentees.

 

  • Is the person well regarded in the organisation?
  • Does this person personify professionalism and leadership?

 

  • Does this person have the skills and knowledge that you are looking for?

 

  • Is this person happy in his or her career?

It is important that you choose someone who is happy and find fulfilment in their chosen career rather than someone just throlling through a particular profession.

 

  • Can this person guide me towards my professional Goals?

 

  • Will this person be open and honest with you?

It is important that that your mentor be honest and open with you for a good mentoring relationship.

  • Is he capable of Meaningful conversations? This has to do with discussions that are relevant to your performance in business. There is really no need wasting time conversing with someone who will spend the whole day on conversations that do not matter to you.

 

 

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