5 Qualities a Small Business Mentor Must-Have

5 Qualities a Small Business Mentor must-have
5 Qualities a Small Business Mentor Must-have

Who is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who has been where you are, made it through difficult times, and learned a thing or two in the process. Mentors want to pass that knowledge to you by sharing advice when you need it, supporting you through problems, and helping you become better at what you do.

In the world today there’s no such thing as knowing it all.  No man is an island of knowledge,  that is why you need a mentor if you really want to be successful in your small business.

When you are on the quest of picking or choosing a mentor,  you can not just go into the street and pick someone because they dress well or speak fluently.  There are some qualities you need to look out for.  They are;
1. Available

The mentor must always be available when you need him.  This is because you need to build a relationship with him.

In as much as your potential menyow would be busy with his work too.  You can try to make a schedule of when you can see or talk about your business.

2. Experienced

Clearly, if a mentor doesn’t have the experience needed to help you work through challenges, then he or she may not be the right mentor for you.

Keep in mind that experience can come in many different forms — on the job experience, life experience, formal education and even lessons learned from his or her own mentor. Be open to working with a mentor who may have a very different background than your own.

3. Respectful (and Respected)

Respect is two-fold when it comes to mentors. First, you need to build a mutually respectful relationship that will allow both parties to feel valued and listened to while building trust. Second, your mentor should be someone who has earned the respect of his or her colleagues and peers. It’s a red flag if your potential mentor does not have a good reputation in the industry.

4. Listening Ability

The ability to listen is important enough to earn its own list item. You don’t want a mentor who exists solely to hear himself talk. The essence of good mentoring is conversation and collaboration. And, of course, on the other side, you should also be practicing good listening as you fairly consider all of the input offered by your mentor, even when it may not be what you want to hear.

5. Inspiring

One of the clearest signs that you found a great mentor is his or her ability to inspire you to do more, accomplish more, and be more.

A mentor should give you hope and help you believe that even the biggest of goals is achievable. If you find a mentor who inspires you in this way and helps you find the motivation you need to excel, then you have found a great mentor!