7 Ways To Be A Good Mentor
As successful business professional, you have so much to give to the next generation. You can make a huge impact through intentional mentoring. Mentoring relationships can be richly rewarding, not only for the person being mentored, but for the mentor as well. The following will help you be a great mentor and maximize your impact on future generations!
- Be CredibleThe best mentors are people that have credibility in, and have personally achieved success in, the area where mentees are looking for support. Being credible doesn’t mean that you need to have all the answers. The best answers for your mentee will come from their own thinking, with the help of your wisdom to support them.
- Be a Positive Role ModelGood mentors are respected by their mentees. A mentee can learn a lot from their mentor simply by watching how their mentor behaves in any particular situation. Good mentors will also look out for experiences, or even create situations in which their mentees can become involved to learn new things, for example, providing a look behind the scenes (inner world) or a glimpse at how other people live or do things.
- Be Genuinely Interested In Your Mentee As An IndividualA mentoring relationship is a very personal one, which is often very important to the mentee, so as a mentor you need to get to know your mentee personally, about their hopes and dreams, so you can help them in a way that meets their personal best interest.
- Share Your Experiences And InsightsBe open to sharing your mistakes and failures, as these are often where our biggest lessons are learned. It will also help your mentee be aware that challenges will arise, and the way you dealt with the situation might also help them gain insight about how to build resilience.
- Ask Open-Ended QuestionsAsking your mentee open questions will help you as a mentor to identify their real needs, values and passions. It’s also a great way to get your mentee to think through situations themselves and draw out the consequences of the various choices or courses of action they can take. During these conversations, you can share your wisdom, without making decisions for your mentee. That’s their job. A list of open-ended questions is available to assist you in building the relationship.
- Provide A Fresh Perspective & Give FeedbackOne of the benefits of working with a mentor is that a good mentor will often provide their mentee with a fresh perspective on an issue. A good mentor will often have the clarity of distance from an issue or problem that’s needed to provide objective feedback to their mentee. Not all feedback is helpful. A good mentor knows this and will deliver feedback in a way that will help their mentee gain insight to further develop specific qualities or skills. For example, a good mentor will always ask for permission to give feedback before doing so. Giving unwelcome feedback can be detrimental to any mentoring relationship.
- Acknowledge Achievements/Celebrate SuccessesHighlight for your mentee any achievements they might have forgotten, to help build their confidence. Remember to celebrate their successes as that can be a real encouragement.