2. What are the Characteristics and Behaviors of Effective Mentors and Mentees?

  1. Sharon E. Straus MD, FRCPC, MSc1,2 and
  2. David L. Sackett OC, MD, FRSC, FRCP3

Published Online: 4 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch2

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

Mentorship in Academic Medicine

How to Cite

Straus, S. E. and Sackett, D. L. (2013) What are the Characteristics and Behaviors of Effective Mentors and Mentees?, in Mentorship in Academic Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118446065.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

  3. 3

    Trout Research & Education Centre, Irish Lake, ON, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118446027

Online ISBN: 9781118446065

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Keywords:

  • academic medicine;
  • behavior;
  • mentees;
  • personal attributes;
  • productive mentoring;
  • professional stature

Summary

This chapter summarizes our current understanding of those attributes and behaviors of both mentors and mentees that are most closely associated with this academic success, and how they are expressed. Qualities of effective mentors are of three sorts: personal attributes, behaviors toward mentees, and professional stature. The attributes and behaviors of both mentors and mentees, when “in synch” and fully exercised, reveal themselves in the five benchmarks of productive mentoring, namely, personal connection, shared values, mutual respect, clear expectations, and reciprocity of productive mentoring. Most of the material in this chapter is at a “moderate quality” GRADE level, based on cross-sectional surveys and interviews of mentors and mentees.