While virtually every office has leaders, there are only a few that respect and appreciate what it takes to mentor. A mentor is a staff-member who is invested in teaching other employees to grow. In a mentor-based culture, all levels of staff are committed to the mentor philosophy. People come to work with the firm assertion that they will be learning something and in turn, teaching someone else. Colleagues are open and receptive and the workplace is viewed as a safe place to share ideas and express emotion.