5 Qualities to Look for in a Mentor


Having a great mentor can be life-changing so how do you differentiate a great mentor from a not-so-great mentor? In this Forbes article, author, speaker, and founding partner of Proteus, Ericka Anderson, shares 5 core qualities that make great mentors great.

What You’ll Learn

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Recall 5 core qualities that great mentors exemplify
  • Reflect on other qualities that facilitate a positive and productive mentor relationship
  • Recognize people in your life who demonstrate these qualities

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Dig Deeper

After reading the article, reflect on the following questions.  Jot down your thoughts.  Consider sharing this article with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.

  1. Which of these 5 core qualities is most important to you in a mentor relationship? Why?
  2. Besides these 5 core qualities, what other qualities should a good mentor have?
  3. Reflect on leaders in your life. Name 2-3 people who demonstrate these 5 core qualities and any other qualities that are important to you.

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