It takes two to make a mentoring relationship worthwhile. To help you avoid counterproductive behaviors and make the most of working with your mentor, we’ve listed four habits of a good mentee:
Openly Share Needs and Goals
Being honest and open about your goals and needs is critical. Your mentor wants you to achieve your goals and can only help you progress towards them if there is open dialogue.
Set Aside Time for Reflection
This allows you the opportunity to think about your goals, how you want to achieve them and evaluate your progression. Before and after a meeting with your mentor, reflect on this and on the advice you were given. A journal or notebook may prove a helpful tool along the way.
To grow and learn, you must venture outside of your comfort zone. Your mentor may challenge you to think differently. Embrace these opportunities and approach them with an open mind. If you can’t take risks, you can’t progress. Trust your mentor and branch out.
Follow Through on Advice
As a mentee, it is critical to listen to the advice given and act on it. Failure to do so can result in awkward follow-up meetings. Your mentor is investing their time in you, it is your job to invest in their advice.