A good mentor is humble, full stop

A good mentor is humble, full stop

07 June 2021
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • Recently, I wrote that the power of mentoring comes from the intrinsic motivation of our mentors to help people.

    Another element in the mentoring mindset that is very important is humility.

    That is why we have included this in our 5 Ambits Values. In the selection process, we assess this extensively. This is the point where most candidate-mentors fail.

    • Humility is not being a ‘doormat’ and allowing people to walk all over you. Instead, it is an understanding that every human is equally valuable: a recognition that one is worth no more or less than anyone else.

  • What is a humble mentor?

    • He remains modest about his achievements
    • She does not position herself as more than the mentee
    • He walks along with the mentee
    • She does not pretend to know it all despite her track record
    • He can admit his mistakes
    • She knows she is not perfect
    • He is aware of his shortcomings
    • She is not arrogant
    • He is not driven by ego
    • She is courteously respectful toward her mentee.
  • Humility is reflected in the following mentor behavior

    • First, listening, then talking
    • Active listening; being fully present during a mentoring session
    • Not bragging
    • Not preaching
    • Seeking feedback from the mentee
    • Asking for help himself if needed (e.g., from another Ambits Mentor)
    • Acknowledging the mentees’ strengths
    • Complementing the mentees’ progress
    • Not taking all the credit for the mentees’ progress
    • Investing in learning & development

    Humility is translated into a golden rule within the Ambits community that every mentor gets the same fee for a mentoring assignment.

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