What Makes a Really Good Mentor?

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A mentor can make all the difference to the progression of their mentees' careers.  But what defines a good mentor? What qualities do they possess?

To answer that question, here are some quotes that get to the core of what a good mentor should look like:

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination”.
John C. Maxwell

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can”. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“My mentor said, 'Let's go do it,' not 'You go do it.' How powerful when someone says, 'Let's!'”
Jim Rohn


“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction”.
John Crosby


“True mentors don't make their mentees a clone of themselves”.
Bernard Kelvin Clive


“The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people”.
John C. Maxwell


“More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing artists from poor technique, clouded vision and personal uncertainty”.
Paul Soderberg


“We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout”.


Being or finding a magnificent mentor is one thing, but you won't get the most out of the relationship unless you put the work in.

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