7 Skills of Great Mentors That Help Them Build a Legacy | Brent Roy

Being a mentor is a fulfilling way to pass on your knowledge and share the rewards of your experience with someone. It’s also a great way to learn more about yourself – a point that catches the eye of the most experienced and effective mentors.

This is just one of several pieces of wisdom that veteran mentors have learned over time. We’ll get to others soon, but first, a bit of an overview.

What is a mentor? Are mentors selected or does mentoring happen naturally? Are you made to be a mentor? Let’s work through this together.

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Mentoring helps employees learn and build lasting bonds

Sometimes successful mentoring is a product of circumstances. And more often than you might think, the impact of successful mentorship is felt throughout the organization.

I once hired a former colleague (whom we call Susan) to join our communications team. She immediately let me know that she wanted to be a human resource manager. Susan’s enthusiasm and potential were evident.

She had the skills, the experience and the training, along with the confidence and professionalism required to stand out. However, at this point the small team could not support another manager.

When I was researching opportunities for Susan, a public relations student (let’s call her Emily) reached out to me. She was looking for a summer internship with us.

Before hiring Emily, I worked with Susan to develop a working relationship that would benefit everyone. As director, I would continue to lead the team. But Susan would oversee Emily’s daily chores.

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