1. Be Honest: Share what you have learned, both good and bad. Your honesty is what they are seeking.
2. Be Genuine: Your mentee wants to see the authentic you, not a fake. Don’t feel like you have to know all of the answers.
3. Be a Resource: Guide your mentee to information (classes, websites, books, and people) that could be of great value. Don’t assume they know….ask and then connect the dots.
4. Be Timely: Be a great example of time management. Be on time to your appointments. Do what you say you will do. Set the pace.
5. Be a Lifelong Learner: Keep current on your field and others. Be on the lookout for your next opportunity to learn. Take a new class!
6. Be Inspiring: Help your mentee become a better person. Focus on the strengths you see in them. Encourage and motivate them with your words.
7. Be Willing: Be willing to go the extra mile, to ask the hard questions, to give the feedback, to make the phone call. Be willing.
8. Be a Role Model: Understand that your mentee will become more and more like you…are you setting the example?
9. Be Consistent: Show them how to be consistent and stay focused for the long haul. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Help them to see it in action.
10. Be Yourself: Allow your mentee to really see you…the true you! Most great lessons in life are caught, not taught. Be you, and keep becoming a better you.