A quick glance through the internet and you’ll see countless programs focused on youth mentoring programs. Inc. magazine regularly covers stories on mentoring in the workplace and why it’s important to their overall culture.
So much demand for mentoring, yet very little in reference to “building mentors”. Why it this?
Being a mentor is a serious, well-being experience. But, mentors are not built over night. Nor do they grow on trees. Mentors are built and honed with years of hard work, personal experience and the slow cooking of time. World-class mentors understand the totality of their gift and the long road they traveled to get there.
Here are a few traits to consider when thinking of a mentor:
1. The are generous – will to offer their experience and knowledge in support of “others” growth.
2. They are approachable.
3. They are curious and have excellent listening skills.
4. They are honest.
5. They are objective and fair.
6. They are direct.
7. They are genuine and compassionate.
8. They are good communicators.
So the question I seek to answer is how do we find mentors whom represent these traits in all that they do in their lives.
If you think you these traits resonate with you or someone you know, I’d like to talk with them as part of my research on how to build great mentors.
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