Do you know that most successful people have mentors? Do you know that effective leaders have mentorship relationships, both as mentors and mentees?
Who needs a mentor? Well, everybody can use a mentor in his or her life. What is mentorship? Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.
If you are the mentor, you simply provide your opinion, advice and guidance based on your experience and wisdom while taking all the circumstances into consideration. If you are the mentee, you actively listen and participate in the interaction by asking for clarification, understanding all the implications and committing to put into practice the useful advice.
Why are mentors important to you? Mentors are usually successful and highly effective people who can point you into a direction or provide you with great advice that will accelerate your progress in your personal and professional life. Mentorship gives you a means to bounce difficult decisions and challenges to people who have your interest at heart.
How to choose your mentors? First of all, choose people you respect and admire for their values, competencies and experiences. They may be from your workplace, church, gymnasium, people you meet while networking and even acquaintance. You simply need to ask them if they are to be your mentor. If there is an agreement, establish realistic expectations and frequency of meetings or contacts. Ensure that the mentorship is a two-way interaction. Adapt and adjust the relationship as required to make it more effective. Know when to end the mentorship when it is appropriate.
Most people don’t get the benefits of mentorship because they are afraid to ask. Most people are flattered to be asked by someone to be his or her mentor. You will of course get some rejection, you simply go ask the next one on your list of mentors.
Do you have at least one mentor in your life? If not, go and get a mentor. In your network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances, they may be coaches, trainers, professionals, executives, authors, housewives, etc. who have a lot of experience, knowledge and wisdom and would be honored to be your mentor. Surround yourself with people who like your positive energy and want to add to it. Mentors are people who are willing to give you the gift of their time, and share their experience and wisdom with you. Enjoy the numerous benefits of mentorship and see your self-development and growth accelerates.