- Be open-minded – learn to improve your listening skills
- Be observant – watch how they work and interact with others
- Be available – accommodate their schedule
- Be vulnerable – be willing to receive feedback and accept criticism
- Be curious – listen in order to understand, not to respond
This article is part of Fortune’s Leadership Insiders network – well worth tracking for founders:
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Read the full article for more detail on working with you mentors more effectively. While the article is based on David Nelson’s personal experience with a consultant he hired who became his mentor, the advice is applicable to anyone working with a mentor.