Developing a successful relationship with one or many mentors requires a mentee to be aware of their behavior and expectations.
The following characteristics will assist the mentee in achieving successful mentor/mentee relationships.
|Mentees listen.||They maintain eye contact (as culturally appropriate) and give mentors their full attention.|
|Mentees are receptive to feedback.||They practice active listening and give serious consideration to all advice given by mentor.|
|Mentees are open and honest.||They share goals and aspirations with mentor.|
|Mentees are respectful of mentor’s time.||They are prepared, on time, and are not overly dependent on mentor.|
|Mentees are proactive.||They are willing to implement, take action and guide relationship.|
|Mentees maintain confidentiality. They never discuss their mentor or their interactions with others.||Mentors use their personal experience to help their mentees avoid mistakes and learn from good decisions.|
|Mentees solicit advice.||They are comfortable with soliciting advice and guidance from mentor.|
|Mentees pursue networking opportunities.||They actively pursue all opportunities provided by mentor to widen exposure to primary care.|
Adapted in May 2010 from The Connecticut Mentoring Partnership and the Business and Legal Reports, Inc. and White’s Mentoring: A Key Strategy to Prepare the Next Generation of Physicians Mentoring.