What the Best Mentors Do


Have you found yourself in a mentoring role and in search of some tips on how to make it the best experience for both you and your mentee? In this Harvard Business Review article, Anthony K. Tjan, CEO and author, shares four ways you can help your mentee become a better version of who they are.

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Recall that mentorships come in many flavors
  • Identify four things the best mentors do
  • Know that the overarching role of mentor is about creating other leaders

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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. Why did your mentee seek you as a mentor? If you don’t know offhand, ask them.
  2. Which of the “4 things the best mentors do” most resonates with you and why?
  3. Choose at least one of the “4 things the best mentors do” and activate it in your mentorship.

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