Five Things To Being A Good Business Mentor
Good mentoring relationships can be richly rewarding, not only for the person being mentored but for the mentor too. Mentors can, among other things, provide exceptional learning experiences for their mentees and, in doing so, expand their mentees’ awareness, insight, and perspective.
1. Be credible
Have credibility and personal achievement in, the area you’re supporting. People may seek the guidance of different mentors to help them develop specific skills or qualities or to help them reach important
decisions. 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.
2. Be a positive role model
Good 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 or a glimpse at how other people live or do things.
3. Be authentic and genuinely interested
A 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 an away that meets their personal best interest.
4. Share your experiences and insights
In doing so, choose stories that you feel are appropriate and helpful, but do so in a neutral way, without any attachment to how your mentee will use this learning. Be open to sharing your mistakes and failures too, 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 into how to build resiliency.
5. Ask open-ended questions
Asking your mentee open-ended 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.
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