How To Be A Great Mentee?

Discover the essential qualities that make a mentee stand out and succeed in a mentorship relationship.

Setting Clear Goals and Expectations

Setting clear goals and expectations is crucial for a mentee to make the most out of a mentorship relationship. By clearly defining what you hope to achieve and what you expect from your mentor, you create a roadmap for your journey together. This not only helps you stay focused but also allows your mentor to provide guidance and support tailored to your specific needs and aspirations.

In order to set clear goals, start by reflecting on your own strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement. Identify the specific skills or knowledge you want to acquire or develop through the mentorship. Then, discuss these goals with your mentor and ensure that both of you are on the same page. Regularly revisit and update your goals as you progress and evolve in your mentorship.


Brancher's Mentoring Agreement helps people to be a great mentee by prompting them to discuss expectations, boundaries and goals.


Active Listening, Being Present and Open Communication

Active listening is a key quality of being a great mentee. It involves giving your mentor your full attention, genuinely hearing their insights, and being receptive to their advice. By actively listening, you demonstrate respect for your mentor's expertise and show that you value their guidance.

Being present in the mentorship relationship means fully engaging in the discussions and activities. This includes putting your phone away and avoiding distractions so you can focus on the present moment. This not only helps you absorb information effectively but also makes your mentor feel like you value their time.

Open communication is essential for a successful mentorship. Be honest and transparent with your mentor about your thoughts, concerns, and progress. Share your challenges and seek their feedback. By maintaining open lines of communication, you create an environment of trust and collaboration, enabling both you and your mentor to make the most of the mentorship experience.

Taking Initiative and Driving the Relationship

A great mentee takes initiative and actively drives the mentorship relationship. This includes everything from being the one to reach out to your mentor, set up your meetings and coming prepared with specific talking points or topics to discuss. If you're wanting to go from 'being a great mentee' to 'being an incredible mentee', send your mentor a proposed agenda ahead of your meeting and share your key actions after the meeting to ensure you both have a record of key takeaways and next steps. 

Brancher makes it easy to be a great mentee. Mentees are provided with suggested topics and talking points to share with their mentor. Easily track actions from one meeting to the next with digital Meeting Minutes.

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To be a great mentee, you can take initiative by identifying areas where you need support and request specific help from your mentor. Additionally, seek out relevant resources, attend industry events, and explore new learning opportunities on your own. By taking ownership of your development, you demonstrate your commitment and dedication to the mentorship.

Being Open to Learning and Feedback

Being open to learning is a fundamental quality of a great mentee. Approach the mentorship with a growth mindset, viewing every interaction and feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement. Embrace new ideas and perspectives, and be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

Feedback is a valuable tool for personal and professional growth. Actively seek feedback from your mentor and be open to constructive criticism. Some good questions to ask your mentor every three months:

  • What progress have you observed in my development since we started working together?
  • What areas do you think I've improved in the most?
  • What areas do you think I could focus on for further improvement?
  • Have you noticed any patterns or trends in my behaviour or performance that I should be aware of?
  • Do you have any suggestions for how I can better achieve my goals?
  • What do you think are my biggest strengths?
  • What do you think are my biggest areas for improvement?
  • Are there any specific skills or competencies you think I should focus on developing?
  • Do you have any other feedback or advice for me?

Use feedback as a guide to make necessary adjustments and enhance your skills and knowledge. Remember, the goal is not to be perfect, but to continually learn and develop.

Being receptive to learning and feedback not only benefits your own growth but also strengthens the mentorship relationship. It shows your mentor that you value their input and are committed to improving yourself.

Showing Appreciation and Gratitude

Expressing appreciation and gratitude towards your mentor is an important aspect of being a great mentee. Recognise and acknowledge the time, effort, and expertise your mentor invests in your development. A simple thank you can go a long way in fostering a positive and supportive mentorship relationship.

Show your appreciation by actively applying the advice and guidance provided by your mentor. Share your successes and achievements with them, highlighting the impact of their support. Additionally, consider giving back by offering your assistance or expertise in areas where you can contribute to your mentor's growth and development.

Remember, mentorship is a two-way street. By showing gratitude and appreciation, you strengthen the bond with your mentor and create a mutually beneficial relationship.

Request a demo with Brancher today to learn more about how to facilitate a successful mentoring program.

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