A mentor does not have to be from your workplace and should definitely not be your boss. Good mentors are people who inspire you and who you respect and admire.
Here are some qualities you should look for in a mentor:
Makes time for you and has a genuine interest in helping you succeed
Supports and encourages you to achieve your goals
Is an active listener who provides constructive feedback
Shares their life experience, and passes on their knowledge and expertise
Provides advice without being directive
Shares your value system (they not only talk the talk, but walk it as well)
Is completely trustworthy and keeps shared information confidential
Has a broad range of industry contacts and is well regarded
You might be wondering why someone would want to mentor you. The reality is that being a mentor provides an individual with an opportunity to contribute to someone else’s learning and a chance to share their knowledge and experience. Most people are flattered to be valued and sought out in this way.