Mentoring Mindset*

You do not need to have all of the attributes listed in the graphic to be ready for a mentoring relationship. Some of the areas may be chosen as possibilities you want to work on with a mentor. 

Text version of mentoring mindset graphic:

Takes Initiative 

  • Initiates contact with Mentor 
  • Self-starter
  • Action orientated

Learning Orientation 

  • Exhibits curiosity 
  • Asks questions
  • Able to admit to not knowing everything


  • Able to accept feedback
  • Seeks feedback 
  • Accepts advice graciously


  • Sets goals and has a vision 
  • Manages time effectively
  • Sees the big picture


  • Keeps lines of communication open 
  • Active listener 


  • Wants to build relationships 
  • Knows how to network or wants to learn how 


  • Can self-assess, reflect and articulate reflection 
  • Learns from mistakes 


  • Can keep confidences 
  • Trusts and can be trusted 
  • Honest 

*Adapted from The Protégé Mentoring Mindset: a framework for consideration, Linda J. Searby, 2020.