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The importance of a great mentor

The importance of a great mentor

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 29, 2013 8:17:42 AM / by Briana Songer

Briana Songer

Based on some of the great responses and feedback from the recent post: What it takes to be a great Leader , it was pointed out that an important truth was missing. That, behind every great leader is a great mentor.
Most of us can remember someone who has had a positive impact at some point in our life. Mentors can come in all forms, and are not only utilized for creating leaders. In the business world, it's becoming increasingly recognized that a great mentor is needed at each career stage. Especially when people are quickly put into management positions and must learn how to apply what is best for their business environment. Due to time and money constraints, it's a continual challenge for businesses to find the resources to help people with the transitions. That's where mentoring comes in.

''Been there, done that''

Mentors who are willing to share their experience and knowledge become a critical resource to help with the process of turning education into experience. Successful mentoring establishes an important base for the person to jump off from. Mentors have the willingness to want to share their own experiences as learning opportunities, no matter if they were good or bad.Learning from the same or different experiences can be very motivating and inspiring.

Mentors provide feedback and can be very helpful when it comes to providing expert information and background when necessary. Mentors can help you look at situations in new ways, ask the difficult questions that may have been overlooked and give a different perspective to situations that can even change the persons opinion, attitude or future actions.

It's a two way street

When looking for a mentor, its important that the relationship between the mentor and the mentee is trusting and has a level of confidentiality. People find mentors whom they admire for their values and character, more than their success. This person must have special type of disposition. They want to constantly learn, reflect, and help others because they genuinely want to see the other succeed. They have the power to listen, ask questions and aren't afraid to ask for help. It takes time to mentor, so they must be committed with their time and energy with the other person. A person that's guided by a great mentor is guided to solve problems.

While a great mentor can have all of the mentioned qualities, but to really make the relationship work, it's also up to the person receiving the mentoring to be willing and committed. Both must share the responsibility to sustain the relationship and get the most out of it.

References

Mentors are great to help open doors for those wishing to move on and upward in their career. They can be great to provide contacts, help promote and be used as a source for getting past those barriers that can be particularly difficult in a profession.

Mentoring has become more welcomed as a professional tool to help others visualize what they are good at and how they can build on that for the future. A persons confidence is not only built through this support and guidance but in the overall business culture, mentoring helps make sure that the person is always ready to manage and lead from the support and knowledge they've gained.

How has a mentor helped you recently?

Based on some of the great responses and feedback from the recent post: What it takes to be a great Leader , it was pointed out that an important truth was missing. That, behind every great leader is a great mentor.

Most of us can remember someone who has had a positive impact at some point in our life. Mentors can come in all forms, and are not only utilized for creating leaders. In the business world, it's becoming increasingly recognized that a great mentor is needed at each career stage. Especially when people are quickly put into management positions and must learn how to apply what is best for their business environment. Due to time and money constraints, it's a continual challenge for businesses to find the resources to help people with the transitions. That's where mentoring comes in.

''Been there, done that''

Mentors who are willing to share their experience and knowledge become a critical resource to help with the process of turning education into experience. Successful mentoring establishes an important base for the person to jump off from. Mentors have the willingness to want to share their own experiences as learning opportunities, no matter if they were good or bad.Learning from the same or different experiences can be very motivating and inspiring.

Mentors provide feedback and can be very helpful when it comes to providing expert information and background when necessary. Mentors can help you look at situations in new ways, ask the difficult questions that may have been overlooked and give a different perspective to situations that can even change the persons opinion, attitude or future actions.

It's a two way street

When looking for a mentor, its important that the relationship between the mentor and the mentee is trusting and has a level of confidentiality. People find mentors whom they admire for their values and character, more than their success. This person must have special type of disposition. They want to constantly learn, reflect, and help others because they genuinely want to see the other succeed. They have the power to listen, ask questions and aren't afraid to ask for help. It takes time to mentor, so they must be committed with their time and energy with the other person. A person that's guided by a great mentor is guided to solve problems.

While a great mentor can have all of the mentioned qualities, but to really make the relationship work, it's also up to the person receiving the mentoring to be willing and committed. Both must share the responsibility to sustain the relationship and get the most out of it.

References

Mentors are great to help open doors for those wishing to move on and upward in their career. They can be great to provide contacts, help promote and be used as a source for getting past those barriers that can be particularly difficult in a profession.

Mentoring has become more welcomed as a professional tool to help others visualize what they are good at and how they can build on that for the future. A persons confidence is not only built through this support and guidance but in the overall business culture, mentoring helps make sure that the person is always ready to manage and lead from the support and knowledge they've gained.

How has a mentor helped you recently?

Briana Songer

Written by Briana Songer

Marketing Director at PlayVox

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