Top 10 Tips to Being a Good Mentor

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin. In honor of the Professional Development Mentoring Forum hosted by HR and the Office of Engagement, here are ten things we learned.


  1. 10. Demonstrate to your mentee that you are consistent, dependable, and trustworthy.
  2. 9. Value the diverse economic, cultural, and religious traits of your mentee.
  3. 8. Consistently act in ways that are ethical to earn the trust of your mentee - be a role model.
  4. 7. Maintain a cheerful and positive attitude with your mentee.
  5. 6. Be patient. Building a relationship takes time, commitment, and trust.
  6. 5. Remain nonjudgmental. You do not know the complexities of your mentee and his/her family.
  7. 4. Do less talking and more listening so your mentee can share his/her thoughts.
  8. 3. Understand that "thank you" may come in the form of a smile instead of words.
  9. 2. Have fun with your mentee as you learn together. Mentoring should not be all work and no play.
  10. 1. Be a guide, not a preacher; a sympathetic listener, not a psychologist; a friend, not a surrogate parent.