How Do I Choose the Right Mentor?

When deciding on a mentor, there are a few things you will need to consider to ensure they are the right fit for you.

Values

It is essential to know if our values align with the person you are considering as your potential mentor. Having someone with similar values to yours will help build a stronger relationship. To do this, you must first know what your values are. Start by writing them down and thinking over them thoroughly.

Compromising these core values could lead to unhappiness in any decisions you make. Is your family your number one priority? Do you value work/life balance, if so what does that look like to you? Someone who works long hours might not be a great fit for you as a mentor. You will gain more knowledge from someone who mirrors your values.

Communication

For someone to be a mentor, they must be willing to teach. The person you have in mind to be your mentor will be able to communicate in a way you can understand. You can learn much about a person by observing how they interact with others, do they communicate well with others? A significant factor in communicating with your mentor and in helping you become a better communicator.

Willingness

For anyone to be able to teach as a mentor, they first have to be willing to help you. Even though they may be successful, it may not mean they are eager to share their knowledge. By getting to know them a little better, and spending time with them, you will be able to ask if they’re open to talking about their successes. Ask if mentoring is something they would consider and if they have mentored anyone in the past.

Expectations

You will need a clear definition of what it is you are looking for in your potential mentor. Having an idea of how much time you would like to spend alongside this person and whether you want to be able to ask questions outside of their professional setting. Any questions you have, you should enquire and clarify before committing to anyone specific. Making sure you and the potential mentor are on the same page and that you are accurate in your expectations.

Personality

This is something not usually at the top of the list, but a significant factor when choosing the right mentor. If you are introverted and the potential mentor is extroverted, you may feel uncomfortable working with them. Or maybe you are looking for someone who has these qualities, to bring out more of them in yourself. Knowing what you are looking for when you seek out a mentor will help you make your decision with clarity and contentedness.

Taking the time to map out your goals and identify what it is you are looking for in a mentor before you start your search will save you time in the long run.

Business House Australia is able to help you find a mentor who best suits your needs and achieve your goals. Get in touch with the team today!