Identifying and Working with a Mentor
You can learn from a good mentor. They have wisdom, experience and skills that can help you grow professionally. Growth stems from interaction with someone you trust. A good strategy is to create a relationship with someone in your field whom you admire.
In your efforts to attain your goals, identifying a mentor who could guide and help you grow is crucial in your personal and professional development. It could be a senior executive, a seasoned coworker, a professor you once knew or a business coach.
A good mentor should be:
· Accomplished – possess the skills and expertise needed to guide you and be willing to share their life experiences with you
· Motivator – motivates you to reach for the stars
· Good listener – listens and provides feedback
· Innovator – has experience and foresight, and suggests innovative ways to approach problems
· Accepting – embraces your strengths and weaknesses
· Supportive – supports your efforts
When working with a mentor you should be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and be open to receiving constructive criticism. The strength of the mentoring relationship will depend upon:
- Creating a nurturing and a learning environment
- Developing and promoting a vision of success
- Setting and defining measureable goals
- Monitoring progress
- Accountability in the relationship
- Setting limits on confidentiality
A good mentoring relationship is a partnership in which nurturing takes place. It is a sounding board for innovative ideas with potential for growth for both the partners.
If you are struggling to identify a mentor, there are external sources you can explore to locate someone who could be suitable for you. Please check the following links:
Mentor Net: http://www.mentornet.net
Coaching and Mentoring: http://mentorcoach.com/