8 Tips for An Amazing Mentor Relationship
Mentorship is a valuable tool in the workspace: mentors can offer guidance, share wisdom and serve as a sounding board to their mentees. Building a healthy relationship is in the interests of both the mentee and the mentor. Consider the following steps to strengthen your mentor relationship.
1. Be intentional; you get what you put in.
The role of a mentee is not a passive one. Being a good mentee entails putting energy and effort into your relationship. If you have a mentor, it’s your job to define your own goals, cultivate the relationship, seek out advice, attend the meetings or events you’re invited to, and so forth.
2. Experienced perspectives are invaluable for young careers and companies.
While mentorship can be valuable at any stage of a career, it’s especially important at the start of your career. With a mentor, you can benefit from the insights gained through years of experience–without having to spend years building that experience.
3. Don’t seek a mentor who is your clone.
A well-rounded experience is also valuable. Every entrepreneur has their strengths and weaknesses, and while mentors can undoubtedly help improve your talents, it’s usually more valuable to have someone who can give advice in areas where you’re struggling.
4. You don’t always have to follow a mentor’s advice–but listen to it and evaluate it.
One important thing to understand about mentorship is that the mentor can’t live your life for you. Mentors serve as a guide to give insight, advice and perspective; not to make decisions for you. Always take your mentors advice into account, but ultimately you need to make your own choices.
5. Anyone can be a mentor
If you go through life with the perspective that you have something to learn from everyone you meet, you’ll collect a lot of informal mentors along the way. Be mindful about taking in advice and life lessons, even from those you would not traditionally associate with the word ‘mentor’.
6. Mentorship diversity is important.
It’s normal to have one person you regard as a primary mentor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t seek out a variety of perspectives on a more informal basis as well. Having a variety of mentors will give you an advantage, as you will be able to consider various viewpoints and experiences.
7. There are specific things you can do to be a good mentee.
Often, people consider the responsibility of mentorship to be on the mentor. But you as a mentee also need to take responsibility for cultivating the experience of mentorship. Be thoughtful in the type of mentor you seek out, and work at that relationship.
8. Mentorship can be beneficial for the mentors too.
Mentorship is typically seen as beneficial only to the mentee; this is however not the case. Mentorship is a two-way process and allowing both sides to benefit can only improve your relationship. The mentorship relationship can make a mentor more understanding and give a fresh and young perspective to the mentor.
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