If you read my previous blog post, you know I believe that mentors are critical for young professionals to develop their own skill sets and contribute to the real estate field. Once you’ve established your own philosophy and determine the goals you hope to achieve in your work, you can find an ideal mentor.

Mentor and mentee

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Good mentor-mentee relationships are a two way street. Do you remember any of your favorite high school teachers? Your best learning moments occurred when you focused on their classroom instruction but gained insight from your instruction on a personal level. It’s a similar dynamic in the professional world. If you want a good relationship with your mentor, become a good mentee.

Franchise Growth Partners believes a good mentor should be someone who demonstrates these attributes:

A Mentor who still learns for Him/Herself
A good mentor will be a leader in their field who nourishes their own goals and pursuits. Driven by enthusiasm for their work, they should be excited to instruct the next generation of professionals. He/she should continue their development as a professional leader by continuing to learn, as the industry is always growing.

The Two-Way Street
The two way street goes hand-in-hand with being your own mentor. While the mentor should nourish their own professional goals, he/she should also be eager to share his knowledge with a new professional. Furthering the success of mentees furthers the success of the entire profession.

Someone who provides constructive criticism
Mentees need to know what they need to do differently in order to develop as professionals. As a mentor, identify the mentee’s strengths and weaknesses and set challenges accordingly. Depending on how your mentees face these obstacles, provide feedback. In this process, it’s critical to provide a clear and open forum to discuss frustrations. Is your mentee struggling with client relationships? Are they having trouble staying organized? The mentor should be excellent in communicating these obstacles with the mentee. It’s a learning process that will make both parties more empathetic professionals.

It sounds like an easy tip to “be positive.” but it’s easy for the everyday working person to become jaded and apathetic in their work. A good mentor won’t be anything like this. Mentees want to be excited by working, and with all of the exciting developments in today’s working world, why shouldn’t they be? Mentors will share this excitement, embracing a positive outlook as their mentees approach traditional skills from the professional. With a charged, enthusiastic outlook in their mentor-mentee relationship, they can implement successful plans and strategies for the field.