Desirable Mentee Qualities

Qualities of a Good Mentee

  • Personal commitment – preparing for meetings with the mentor and following through with goals/objectives set, taking responsibility to learn
  • Flexibility – recognizing the need to accommodate changes as situations arise yet focused on the overall goal
  • Openness – willingness to accept feedback, discuss areas for improvement, and ask for help, as well as share one’s needs and views with the mentor
  • Open-mindedness – willingness to consider different ideas or opinions, to try new things, and to accept different points of view
  • Initiative – ability to act or take charge to do something without being prompted to do so

How to be a Good Mentee?

  1. Be efficient and systematic. Don’t bring a long list of things you want the mentor to do for you.
  2. Be considerate to schedule meetings ahead of time, value your mentor’s time. Don’t expect the mentors to be available for you, whenever you want them.
  3. Be trustworthy. Don’t treat your mentor as a source of gossip to pass on.
  4. Be resourceful. Don’t expect the mentor to have all the answers to your questions.
  5. Be proactive, bring up relevant matters to discuss with your mentor. Don’t leave it to the mentor to decide on what to talk about every time.
  6. Be realistic and learn from mistakes. Don’t blame the mentor when advice given does not work out.
  7. Be curious and engaged. Don’t show disinterest, yawn, or rant during meetings.
  8. Be responsible, work hard, and put in your best effort. Don’t forget what you committed to doing.
  9. Be dependable. Don’t disappear into the void when your schedule gets crazy.
  10. Be professional. Don’t ignore mentor’s attempts to get in touch with you.

Helpful Resources

How to be a Successful Mentee

Tips for Being a Good Mentee