Chapter 4

What do good mentors do well?

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

Aldous Huxley, author

In this chapter:

  • Learn the common tendencies or abilities of great mentors.
  • Compare your own tendencies in relation to these, e.g. ‘Do I do this?’
  • Accelerate your development as a mentor by deciding what ability you want to focus on.

What does it take to be a mentor?

In this chapter, we will look at common tendencies of great mentors, abilities they have that result in successful mentoring relationships. By using the word ‘tendencies’, I mean things that they typically do during an active mentor relationship. So these are less ‘skills’ in the usual sense of the term, such as asking great questions, giving ...

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