Have you ever felt the amazing feeling of inspiring someone? If you haven’t, let me tell you that it is a great feeling and I highly encourage you to take the necessary steps to try and get there. Your reward will also be the satisfaction to watch your people grow. I promise it’s totally worth it.
Of course, there are other reasons for turning to mentoring. For example, give back something g to the world; pass on the benefit on to others (if you had a successful mentor relationship with your mentor and now you want to replicate it); build your reputation as a talent developer…
I have also found that establishing a mentorship program within the team helps a lot to team building and increases reliability and respect. But how do you go about it? Well, you need to start exploring the possibility of mentoring people.
But what is mentoring anyway?
According to Eric Parsloe, from the Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring “Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”
Sounds great! Now let’s get into how you actually can do that. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Have your mentee shadowing you, sit them in your important meetings, projects planning, and so on, and have a discussion afterwards on why you did things a certain way.
- Tell them about your current challenges, how you consider different factors and evaluate your options and then let them know your decisions and explain them. This will help them develop their own decision making abilities.
- Give them greater responsibilities in time, even if they are not sure they can manage them. Or give them an intern to manage to develop their people-management skills. Then talk them and walk them through the management process.
- Help them recognize their own strength but above all, always give honest and straightforward feedback.
- And finally, and perhaps more importantly, once they are ready to move on to their next step in their career, let them go.
Mentoring is a process that is enriching and satisfying for both parties. On the one hand, it will help you stay current, and energized. But ultimately, it is about inspiring the other to become the best that they can be. How amazing is to have the opportunity to do that?
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