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6 Characteristics to Look for in a Mentor
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6 Characteristics to Look for in a Mentor

Being thoughtful in whom you approach about a mentoring relationship can make the difference between a valuable experience and a waste of time.

1

Expertise

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Find a mentor with experience and skills you want to emulate.

2

Attentiveness

Look for someone willing to listen to what you need and not just talk about himself.

3

Wisdom

Choose a person who has a deep, broad perspective on the world and insight into life.

4

Availability

Search for someone with time to meet with you regularly, even if it isn't a heavy investment.

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5

Honesty

Make sure whomever you ask is willing to be open about her mistakes and forthright in her feedback to you.

6

Reputation

Look for someone who commands respect and whose influence benefits others.

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About the Author

With more than 20 years of executive-search consulting experience, Cheryl Hyatt has been responsible for successfully recruiting senior administrative professionals for educational and nonprofit organizations. Her breadth of experience, knowledge, and contacts makes her sought after professionally in her field. Hyatt has written articles and presented to various nonprofit groups. She sits on various local nonprofit boards, offering a variety of expertise to each organization.

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