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Posted by Bill Treasurer, Chief Encouragement Officer, Giant Leap Consulting, Inc..
Bill Treasurer is founder and Chief Encourager at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a Courage Building company that helps people and organizations live more courageously. Bill is the author of numerous books on leadership and courage.
Mentors are supremely important to an aspiring leader. They are the voices whose feedback reaches our heart and head. They are the steady hands that firmly hold us accountable to our own potential. They are the polishers of our conscience, the magnifiers of our potential, and the encouragers of our self-worth.
A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that 96% of executives credited mentoring as an important development tool, and 75% said mentoring played a key role in their career success. Benefits to being mentored include:
As the mentee, you must know what you want to achieve from the relationship and set goals. It is important to clarify your expectations of the mentor and create a schedule for meeting with the mentor. It is your responsibility to drive the relationship!
Your mentorship will only be successful if you are committed to your own development. tweet this
Many employees and managers complain about not having a mentor. Such people are usually waiting for the company to assign a mentor to them. But mentoring works much better when the mentee takes responsibility for choosing a mentor. The first place to start is: get yourself a mentor!
Five key characteristics of great mentors are:
Seek out someone, establish a schedule, and invite them to be a part of your personal growth.
Remember, it is the mentee who drives the relationship! Set goals. Create a schedule. Accept feedback. Most of all, be committed.
Do you need help taking the first step toward being mentored?
Giant Leap Consulting can lead a workshop or webinar on mentoring for your company. We can also provide guidance on structuring a mentoring program. Contact [email protected] to get started!
This post is excerpted from Just Between You and Me: A Workshop on Mentoring.