We recently wrote about how to break into the world of being a mentee . Now that you’ve jumped that hurdle and have your mentor, you want to be the best mentee you can be. To get into the mentorship mindset and make the most of it, keep these things top of mind.
Right up front, you want to be clear on what you need from the relationship. You want to set and communicate those goals. This is also an excellent time to discuss the rhythm and flow of your relationship, how often will you meet, and when. Be respectful of each other’s time.
This is not the time to close up and keep everything inside. Mentorship relationships work best with mindset of transparency and honesty.
Practice your active listening. When you meet and have discussions make sure you are genuinely listening and hearing your mentor.
You both are responsible for this relationship’s success. Translate that responsibility into action and follow-through. Take what you learn and make it happen.
It’s about growth, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. The mentor-mentee relationship should be a conversation, not a lecture.
Don’t Get Defensive.
You might hear things you don’t want to hear; the key is to be open to listening without becoming defensive.
Benjamin Franklin may have said it best when he said, “When you’re good to others, you are best to yourself.” Be good to your mentor; be respectful.
Above all, it’s essential to show your gratitude. Your mentor is taking time to support you and help you grow, acknowledging that is essential to creating a relationship built on respect. Show them you appreciate the value they bring.
Taking the time to figure out how you can make the most of the mentor relationship will only help you in the long-run, creating a connection that motivates both of you and pushes you closer to your goals!