16 Qualities of a Good Mentor


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Finding a mentor in life is the fast track to success. In my Rich Habits Study, 93% of the self-made millionaires who accumulated the most wealth in the shortest amount of time said that they had a mentor who taught them what to do and what not to do. A good mentor takes the “risk” out of success.

So, what qualities should you look for in a mentor? A good mentor should have the following 16 qualities:

  1. They have an infectious positive outlook – Good mentors have a positive, optimistic outlook on life that infects you like a virus.
  2. They are patient – Good mentors are patient. They understand that the skills and knowledge they are sharing with you will take time to digest.
  3. They are likeable – You need to like your mentor. A good mentor is someone you like being around.
  4. They are generous with their time – Good mentors devote time to your development.
  5. They hold you accountable – Good mentors always circle back with you and make sure fulfill your role as a mentee. If they ask you to do something, a good mentor will follow-up to make sure you did what they asked you to do.
  6. They are demanding – Good mentors push you outside your comfort zone. They understand that growth occurs outside the comfort zone.
  7. They are considerate – Good mentors understand that sometimes life goes wrong and they give you space to deal with life’s problems. They are sympathetic (to a point).
  8. They are responsive – Good mentors respond to your needs and provide you with the tools and information to help you develop the skills and knowledge to grow.
  9. They are empathetic – Good mentors understand your pain. Growth is painful and they get it.
  10. They have good habits – Good mentors have their own set of good habits that they are happy to share with you.
  11. They are humble – Good mentors check their egos at the door. Their humility creates a comfortable learning environment.
  12. They are good communicators – Good mentors are able to communicate complex concepts in a language you understand and are in constant communication with you.
  13. They are process-driven – Good mentors have processes that work and can be learned.
  14. They are accessible – Good mentors are available. They are never too busy to invest their time in you.
  15. They are inspiring – Good mentors pump you up, motivate you and inspire you to push yourself.
  16. They are successful – Good mentors have a proven track record. They are successful in their field.
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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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