Graham Horton's Academic Mentoring and Advising Page
CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL MENTORS, by Drew Appleby, quoted from
- Mature and Wise
Has attained a stage of advanced personal, social, and professional development.
Has a reputation for giving accurate and useful advice.
- Qualified and Competent
Possesses the necessary experiences or credentials.
Performs her/his professional role in a capable and effective manner.
- Empathic and Concerned
Displays compassionate and nonjudgmental understanding of proteges.
Helps proteges understand that they are valued.
- Friendly and Optimistic
Appears to genuinely like her/his proteges and the process of mentoring them.
Maintains a positive outlook on life for her/himself and for her/his proteges.
- Experienced and Seasoned
Has successfully traveled the path that her/his proteges are now traveling.
Willing to share personal/professional experiences and mistakes with proteges.
- Promoting and Sponsoring
Communicates positive aspects of proteges to others.
Can "open doors" to career and graduate school opportunities for proteges.
- Admired and Respected
Possesses characteristics that proteges aspire to attain.
Is held in high regard by her/his colleagues.
- Knowledgeable and Informative
Possesses accurate and up-to-date information that can benefit proteges.
Is able and willing to communicate this information to proteges.
- Supporting and Protecting
Serves as a source of emotional support for proteges during difficult times.
Is able and willing to defend proteges if the need arises.
- Trustworthy and Dependable
Possesses ethical and moral integrity and expects the same of others.
Is willing to provide assistance to proteges even under difficult conditions.
- Professionally Involved and Active
Is actively involved in her/his professional or academic organizations.
Continues to learn and develop within her/his profession.
- Challenging and Demanding
Motivates proteges to attempt new tasks that stretch their current abilities.
Is unwilling to accept less-than-optimal performance from proteges.