The importance of mentors is well known for personal development. However, whether a mentoring relationship will thrive or not rises and falls on the conduct of the mentee. Here are some tips to help you maximize any mentorship you have.

Be faithful and available

Sometimes people ask for mentorship and then expect the mentor to chase after them. Own the process and take the relationship seriously including doing all the scheduling. Respects your mentor’s time. Don’t miss appointments. Be faithful with the information your mentor shares with you. For example, if your mentor shares a mistake they made for the purpose of helping you learn something, don’t go telling others what she shared.  

Take the credibility and the correction

Mentors are usual chosen because they are credible, experienced and established. Your association with them means you can get to benefit from these attributes. However, a mentor’s job is also to provide correction and you should be open to that. Mentoring isn’t just about encouragement. If you stay with your mentor for long, they will get to know you better and start seeing some of your weaker areas which they’ll help you address. Don’t take offence or move to another mentor when you don’t like a correction.

Honour and apply what you are taught

There’s nothing to be gained from acquiring knowledge and not applying it. If you don’t use what you are learning from your mentor you are wasting your time and more importantly theirs. You should be improving if you’ve had a mentor for a while. If not take a step back and check why this is. Don’t trivialize the life lessons you get; they are rooted in real life experiences and can help you avoid some mistakes ahead of you. Regularly let your mentor know how their advice is helping you develop.

Be open about your limitations

Your mentor should be a safe place to be honest about your challenges.  You can only get the appropriate help if you are open with your mentor and proactively so. Discuss what you believe you need to learn, what you believe your blind spots are that they can help you overcome. Be ready to look within yourself, put all your cards on the table and indicate areas that need work so that you make it easier for your mentor to understand the scope of what you need from the mentoring relationship.

Now take action: What one thing can you do to get more out of mentoring?

Be A Worthwhile Mentee