Nature’s guide for mentors

Nature‘s guide for mentors

Adrian Lee1, Carina Dennis2 & Philip Campbell3


Having a good mentor early in your career can mean the difference between success and failure in any field. Adrian Lee, Carina Dennis and Philip Campbell look at what makes a good mentor.

Personal characteristics

Enthusiasm, Sensitivity, Appreciating individual differences, Respect, Unselfishness, Support for other than one’s own

Tips for mentors

Availability: the open door

Inspiration, optimism

Balancing direction and self-direction


The art of questioning and listening

Being widely read and widely receptive

The initial project

Life after science




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