Mentoring is a meaningful way to do something for someone else. The benefits are numerous – (1) you learn while you teach, (2) you are rewarded by watching your mentee learn and grow, (3) you enhance your leadership skills, and (4) you fine tune your strategic thinking skills. When each of us teaches another, the multiplier effect can and will make a difference felt in our individual lives, as well as organizations and communities. It becomes a great pay-it-forward opportunity.
Get started now on understanding how to become a successful mentor and how to set up the mentoring relationship to ensure success. To get you started, here is a list of 5 things a mentor does:
1) Introduce: Make introductions for your mentor – to people and concepts that will broaden and deepen a mentee’s understanding of possibilities and opportunities
2) Listen: Determine to be a good listener for both words and meaning. That means you need to listen with the “third ear” (body language). You serve as a sounding board for ideas and behaviors in specific situations.
3) Offer Perspective: Make a habit of looking with fresh eyes so your mentee can find a unique voice and style as s/he progresses in the mentoring relationship.
4) Guide: Offer ideas, encouragement and support without criticism or judgment
5) Set Expectation: Help with goal-setting, solicit accountability, and provide feedback on progress
You can start learning today about the many types of mentoring, ways to begin the relationship, and benefits of authentic mentoring done the right way. And we can help you get started immediately.