The Art of Mentoring – A Good Mentee
It takes two to tango: How can a mentee help In the overall success of the mentoring program
In our last blog post, we discussed the good qualities that a mentee should look for in a mentor however even with the best guide in the world the success of a mentoring program is still a collaborative effort. Let’s examine the attitudes that will make you the best mentee in order for the mentoring program to be successful.
- KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
We get it, you are confused and going in circles with your career or business that is why you are getting a mentor. But at least, have clear goals on what you want to achieve during and after the mentorship program. Your goals can start from very small things until you reach your main target. Be realistic about them and discuss them with your mentor at the very beginning. Make sure that you and mentor are on the same page from the start. This will keep you both moving along the best path to your success.
- WILLINGNESS TO LEARN
There is an old saying, “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.” No matter what your mentor does, if you are not willing to accept new ideas then you will not absorb anything from the program. Be receptive and committed to learning, it does take some discipline, but in the long run, it will benefit you greatly.
Being willing and open to new things or ideas gives you the edge to learn a lot faster. Plus, it makes the entire process a lot more fun and less stressful.
Communication is a critical aspect in the success of the mentoring program. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you are having trouble understanding anything. A good mentee is someone who is ready to talk, ask questions, as well as impart their own ideas. Ask questions if you don’t understand and share your ideas as you go, this shows your mentor the direction you want to go and makes it easier for them to assist you in succeeding.
Remember you mentoring sessions are for you, so making sure you are on time for your sessions means you get the most out of every session. Allocate the time for your meetings, be it in-person or through video calls. Show up. Answer emails promptly. Prioritize yourself and commit to the time and effort needed to reach your goals.
Not many of us have amazing time management skills so here is your chance to improve them. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a valuable asset to share and good time management is invaluable to anyone’s success, no matter what industry you are in.
- POSITIVE ATTITUDE
During the program, both you and your mentor will encounter different roadblocks. As much as we would love the road to be smooth, there are always bumps along the way, don’t give up, and be optimistic. You will be surprised what a positive mind can achieve especially when your mentor has your back at all times; remember they are sharing your success.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” -Anonymous
- CONFIDENCE AND TRUSTWORTHINESS
There will be times that your mentor will share personal or classified information with you. It’s important to treat this information with the trust and confidentiality it deserves. Your mentor wants to help you achieve, and baring their soul may be a way of showing you a path you couldn’t see before, so sharing information of a personal nature to other people, even with your family. Trust is the essential element for solid relationship building.
In any partnership there is occasionally misunderstanding or disagreement, so talk to your mentor directly. Sharing it with other people or just choosing to keep quiet, will not resolve whatever issues you have with each other. So don’t keep your mentor in the dark about how you are really feeling; complete honesty between both the mentor and the mentee is the winning formula to success.
- GIVE BACK
Be grateful for the help and knowledge that your mentor has given you. Acknowledge your mentor’s hard work, ability, and contribution. In other words, give credit where credit is due. Giving back also means that when you’re done with your program, be a mentor to someone else. Don’t be selfish. Share with others what you have learned. Pass the knowledge along.If you believe that you are ready to get mentored on how to start your very own fashion label, visit our Fashion Mentoring website for more information. WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU!