3 ways to be the mentor every mentee needs.

Author:Mariama-Arthur, Karima

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE in your career, you can become a mentor to help improve another professional's performance and guide them to greater professional accomplishments.

Regardless of age, mentorship is a key component to navigating the workforce. To ensure that you're offering your best self in a mentor-mentee relationship, below are three ways you can maximize your service to others.

1 Proactively scout out opportunities to serve. It may seem counterintuitive, but often people who need to be mentored the most won't ask for it. And this is true at both ends of the career spectrum. New hires often feel too intimidated to seek the guidance of a more seasoned colleague, and more seasoned professionals often feel too proud to seek help at this stage. The thing is--both professionals could probably really use the help. So, keep your eyes peeled. Become a good listener. Notice where folks could benefit from your experience and expertise, as well as where such collaborations would be a good fit. Finally, ask if the person is open to a mentoring relationship; don't assume.

2 Be constructive. Just because you've established a mentoring relationship, it doesn't give you a license to microrpanage, criticize, or control. That's not what it's about. Take this opportunity to learn more about what your mentee needs and where you could be of value. Learn about areas where they excel, as well as where they might be...

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