Partners, what do you look for in a mentee?

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Someone I have an established relationship with - mentorship implies we both want to do this.

With that in mind, more tactical view:
- High performer and/or potential to be one
- no drama
- self-assesses effectively
- takes my feedback to heart and just engages in general


I think that means - not putting the partner into office politics situation where association with the mentee will negatively affect the partners’ standing in the office.


This sounds super pessimistic, but having been around the block for a while and observing a lot of long lasting mentor/mentee relationships, being in the same race + similar upbringing + same cultural interests is at least 30% of the equation. Just open your eyes and look around where these relationships exist.

That said there are anomalies. My mentor is a completely different race and is from a different upbringing, but that's definitely not the norm. Personality wise we're very compatible despite looking very differently. In normal circumstances this relationship definitely wouldn't have formed, it was 100% a stars aligning situation


Damn I think you just described what people say when they are referring to systematic racism. I don’t believe in systematic racism but what you described really shows how when one group makes it to the top, they pull people of the similar background up with them. I am not saying they are doing this because of racism but just like you described because people more closely relate to those who look like themselves and have a similar upbringing, I can see how this can leave a group behind. Interesting observation though.

Curious about this too.

I'd imagine that the specifics depend on the mentees level, but I think it ultimately comes down to trust, loyalty, and usefulness.

The best duo I've seen was a partner/director that worked together very effectively and win work whenever they teamed up. It seemed to me that they were both cut from the same cloth - incredibly driven, honest communicators, who had very high expectations of themselves and others. In fact when the partner left for MBB he ended up pulling the director with him.


I'm not sure to be honest. He was very successful at PwC so I imagine he got poached.

High performer, insightful, brings a complimentary perspective, interesting personally, common interests like baseball, cars, traveling, etc. Someone that is fun to be around. Loyal, trustworthy, patient.


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