Attributes of a good mentor

Attributes of a good mentor

Do you think you have the needed qualities to help coach and guide another member, candidate or student to the next step in their career? CPA Alberta is presently taking applications for fall pairings until August 23, 2016. More details, including registration, can be found here.

Mentors are people who can help develop others and help them integrate into new situations. This usually means that Mentors have experience and are willing and able to spend time and effort to develop talent in others. As a part of their mission, Mentors give advice. What is important is how the Mentor can act as a catalyst with the Mentee.

If you want to be a good Mentor, take the time to learn about your role and you will be successful. Some of the qualities of great Mentors include:

  • Having a sincere desire to be involved with a less experienced
  • Respect for the less experienced person. Mentors should not have preconceived ideas that the less experienced person needs to be rescued because Mentees are professionals as well.
  • An ability to listen actively. It is relatively easy to give advice or express opinions; it is much harder to suspend your own judgments and really listen.
  • Empathy is the ability to understand at a very deep level what the other person is going through, even without having had the same experience.
  • Seeing solutions and opportunities. Good Mentors balance a realistic respect for the real and serious problems faced by their Mentees. They are able to make sense of a seeming jumble of issues and point out sensible alternatives.
  • Flexibility and openness. Good Mentors recognize relationships take time to develop and that communication is a two-way street. They are willing to take time to get to know their Mentees.


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