Recently I wrote: Young Lawyers: How Can You Get the Most from Mentoring? Today, I want to share some ideas for mentors.
How well do you listen to the young lawyer you are mentoring? I think it is a challenge for any busy lawyer. I know because, I loved mentoring junior lawyers, but I was still challenged to do it effectively.
Here is an important tip: I became more effective when I began a sentence with “tell me…” and then actively listened. You will also:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Tell me about your family.
- Tell me about your friendships in the firm.
- Tell me why you wanted to be a lawyer.
- Tell me what you want to become and accomplish in your career.
- Tell me what you enjoy doing away from work.
- Tell me what you feel you are really good at.
- Tell me what goals you have set for yourself.
- Tell me how you are spending your non-billable time.
- Tell me about any challenges you are facing.
- Tell me the one thing you would like to learn or improve your ability.
- Tell me about the person who has made the greatest impact on your life.
- Tell me how I can help you as a mentor.