In the last newsletter, I talked about ways a mentee could get the most from a mentoring relationship. Mentors can benefit from the relationship, too. Providing guidance for others builds your leadership skills and gives back to the professional community. You can have a notable impact on a young editor’s career by offering encouragement and advice where needed. Here are four ways to be a good mentor.
- Set clear expectations. Communicate how much time you can spend and how much you are willing to give in the mentoring relationship, possibly even setting a schedule. It’s easy to feel taken advantage of if you respond to every small request. Don’t be shy about saying “no” if needed.
- Treat the mentee as capable and skilled. Mentees who seek mentoring have energy and enthusiasm for improving. Treat them with respect and assume they can do the work. Find out what they know and don’t know, and mentor to their level.