How to be a good teacher or mentor? Well, I’m glad you asked. No one is perfect, but as you strive to be the best you can be, there are characteristics that you should always be pushing towards to be able to grow and be the best teacher you could be. I’ve asked many people what makes a good teacher or mentor. And though different people feel that certain qualities are more important than the others, everyone can at least agree that the following ones are all definitely on the list.

A good teacher is…


…Creative Approachable Motivating Ethical Adaptable Purposeful Solution-Oriented Composed Disciplined Open-Minded Honest Visionary Communicator Encouraging Confident Intent Listener Skilled Knowledgeable Organized Reliable Dependable Fun Interesting Patient Positive Prepared Passionate Persistent Punctual…

Think of it as a brick wall. Each of these words representing a brick, that would mean the foundation is one of the most important qualities because everything else would crumble and fall without it. You should always be growing and working on yourself. That isn’t to say that I’m telling you to burn yourself out (Balance vs work ethic), but rather that you can do whatever you put your mind to, as quoted by Will Smith.

grey background with the image of Will smith and a quote written in front of him he is known as a good teacher and mentor

A popular quote by Will Smith

However, you can’t just think it and that’s it… You have to be willing to put in the work. I’ve always said something that I’m not alone in thinking, “If you are not growing then you are dying“. This stands true for people as well as companies and even the government systems. Do not become complacent, do not always play it safe and do not settle. Instead, strive to challenge yourself and those around you.  Strive to push the boundaries of your growth. Keep it going because it feels right not because you are tired of searching for what is right. You are the most valuable commodity in your life. You are also the most expensive stock you could buy into, so treat yourself as such.