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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

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

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

4

Availability

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

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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Cheryl Hyatt is partner at Hyatt-Fennell.
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