Mentorship Qualities

Richard Allen Inc
3 min readAug 20, 2021

Whether or not you realize it, everyone is a role model to someone. When you decide to take it one step further, you become a mentor. Here at Richard Allen Inc, we believe that mentorship is vital when developing our team members. A solid mentoring relationship provides new employees and interns with professional knowledge and expertise. Over the years, we have discovered what qualities drive a positive mentor-mentee relationship towards their goals. Continue reading as we let you in on our success and the traits we believe are most important when developing someone into the best version of themselves.

Effective Communication

Effective communication means dropping the daily acronyms, buzzwords, and the assumption mindset. Directing someone towards their goals requires clear and direct guidance. By delivering messages clearly, there is no room for misunderstanding or alteration of messages, which decreases the potential for miscommunication, resulting in less conflict. Learning to master effective communication will increase engagement, improve productivity, and build a stronger relationship between you and your mentee.

Compassion & Authenticity

When you demonstrate compassion and authenticity, you will open the doors to active communication. Mentees are typically newer individuals in a specific field or industry searching to build connections. Compassion gives us the ability to understand someone else’s situation while holding the desire to take action to improve their lives. Here at Richard Allen Inc, we encourage our team members to exhibit praise often, especially when providing a critique. Consider a “compliment sandwich,” which involves pointing out what action they performed correctly, the critique, and ending with encouragement on how their displayed skills will get them to their goal.

Interest in Lifelong Learning

The best mentors don’t just excel in their industry; they live for their industry. There’s a saying that echoes off the walls here at Richard Allen Inc, “if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” When a mentor manifests a student mentality, the energy radiates to the population around them. There will always be someone more experienced to hear from, new books to read, and resources overly available with personal and professional knowledge that lift individuals to the next level. By conveying this frame of mind, you and your team will become unstoppable.

Honesty & Transparency

Successful mentors guide their mentees through thick and thin. This implies having those tough conversations at all levels of difficulty-building upon the practical communication point, and it’s critical to understand how your mentee takes criticism and council. Communicate your advice in a way that shows transparency and your honest approach to helping them reach their goals.

In conclusion, whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, these qualities will ensure your development and growth on both levels. Remember to stay professional while also building a solid bond between the both of you. Understand the objective of your relationship and set clear goals with a timeline. Here at Richard Allen Inc, we are confident that these qualities will assemble your future in a positive light. For more advice, read our previous blogs and follow us on YouTube: @RichardAllenInc.

Originally published at on August 20, 2021.



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