4 Things That Make a Great Mentor

mentorship plusGeneration W speaker Saudia Davis, CEO of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, knows a thing or two about being a mentor:  “There is power in the mentor relationship–it guides you, it inspires you, it helps you see beyond your current circumstances and recognize what is truly possible. I have had numerous people come along side me and help me map out a vision for my personal and professional goals. I have also been honored to be a mentor to others, including one young lady, a junior in high school with dreams of being an entrepreneur, I recently met during the Generation W conference.”

Saudia believes being a mentor is a way for each of us to take responsibility for the next generation–and we couldn’t agree more.  Inspired by quotes from Maya Angelou, Saudia shares 4 things that make a great mentor in her latest blog for Huffington Post.  Here’s an excerpt:

“All great achievements require time.”
When you decide to become a mentor, you are making a commitment to steward someone through life and this, of course, takes time. You make this work for your schedule, finding pockets of uninterrupted time where you can stay focused on the mentorship tasks at hand and even using those moments of unexpected free time as an excuse for a quick check-in call or email.

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”
As a mentor, you take a genuine interest in getting to know your mentee. You ask thoughtful questions about his or her interests, experiences, hopes–all of which allows you to give the proper advice and support that will lead them to find success, both personally and professionally.

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.”
Being a good mentor is not about giving the right answers–it’s about pouring yourself into someone else and helping him or her identify the path–and the solutions–that will ultimately take him or her to their dreams.

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot–it’s all there.” 
One of the greatest gifts a mentor can give to a mentee is to share their experiences–the good, the bad and even the very ugly. Matter of fact, it is through the very ugly that we sometimes learn our biggest lessons.

Read Saudia’s latest blog for Huffington Post to see how these traits also help us become better professionals and entrepreneurs.