The hallmark of a good mentor is being a good listener. Honestly, you could truthfully say that about one of a great many things. Boss, spouse/partner, parent, work colleague, even friend.
But for mentors, it’s particularly important. And not only to listen as in -- being silent and attentive to what the other person is saying – but to listen empathetically .
I got to admit, I suck at this. I can’t even pronounce the word 80% of the time.
I used to think I was a decent listener. And in some respects, I may be. But the empathetic thing trips me up a lot. I can be as empathetic as a rock. I have a logical, task-driven mind (and a great urge to ...