The most important quality a mentor should have


MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: Why is it important to have a mentor? is written by Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn.

Mentors are invaluable to both our professional and personal lives. They inspire us to take chances, which is why trust is the most important quality that a mentor can have. Building trust is crucial—it creates a safe space to fail, discuss challenges, and provide critical feedback. Here are three ways all employees can benefit from having a mentor:

Challenge your opinions
No matter where you are in your career, it’s easy to fall into patterns. It’s human nature to repeat approaches to challenges that have been successful in the past and seek out experiences that feel familiar. But a good mentor will challenge you to do and see things differently…

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