Leadership is not easy. If you are new to leadership and finding your feet, it’s even tougher. It’s a challenge that is not for the feint hearted. Doing it on your own is damn near impossible. That’s why great leaders have mentors. They also mentor others. No one has great success all by themselves in life.
Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs. Bill Gates had Warren Buffett. You need a champion in your corner too.
What’s in it for you?
You will be exposed to new ways of thinking.
You will be challenged and stretched. You may not enjoy this bit. Success occurs outside of your comfort zone.
Learn how to accept and how to give feedback. This will be modelled for you.
You have a confidant, someone who is highly trained to listen and hear what is NOT been said. Having this confidential space is invaluable. There are some conversations that are just not appropriate to have with a manager, peer or family member. Your mentor is perfect for these ones.
You will build a relationship of trust and learn to communicate more effectively than you currently do.
The role of your mentor
They will encourage, acknowledge and cheer lead you. There are many things you will be doing well. A good mentor is able to validate and celebrate what is working well.
Your mentor will be able to identify the gaps and coach you through. They will have had experiences in life that will be invaluable to you in your journey. They have travelled a path of adversity, made mistakes and they are ready to share and coach you in your journey.
There is a time during the mentoring process that they may switch to an advisor role. This will be different for everyone, depends on the relationship between mentor and mentee.
Know what YOU want from the relationship and ask for it. Be honest. It won’t work if you are trying to look good. This is not the time to be a pretender.
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