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Law Firms: What Makes a Great Mentor?

Posted in Career Development

Many law firms have formal mentoring programs. Few law firms think about what attributes mentors should have to make the mentoring relationship valuable for the mentee and the firm.

If you could only pick three, attributes, which of these would you say are most important?

  • Principle Centered
  • Trustworthy
  • Ethical
  • Role models
  • Committed
  • Patient
  • Understanding
  • Respectful
  • Responsive
  • Motivated
  • Talented
  • Enthusiastic
  • Energetic
  • Inspiring
  • Unselfish
  • Fair
  • Thoughtful
  • Encourager
  • Upbeat
  • Storyteller
  • Fun
  • Team player
  • Supportive
  • Straight forward
  • Even keeled
  • Feedback giver
  • Shares
  • Getting Better
  • Knows person
  • People focused
  • Confident
  • Humble
  • Good listener
  • Open
  • Accessible
  • Communicator
  • Appreciative
  • Allison Kashon

    Cordell,
    I would add available (which is similar to accessible, I guess, but not exactly the same); interested; constructive (as in, able to give constructive advice and/or criticism, as may be necessary); and willing to devote the time and energy necessary to develop a long-term mentor-mentee relationship.
    Best regards,
    Allison L. Kashon