What Makes A Great Mentor
Think with me for a moment on those that have made the difference in your leadership path. No doubt there were many.
But try to picture one, just one, who made the most impact on you.
Think about the qualities they possess. The traits that make them who they are. The characteristics that you would like to emulate and adopt.
Maybe they gave you a chance when no one else would. Perhaps it was a word of encouragement when you were defeated. They may have been a steady influence of character in an otherwise chaotic environment.
When I think back on my best mentor, I come away with the following:
- They were always positive, and never would say anything negative about anyone
- They were a tremendous buffer shielding the attitudes and politics above us so that we could concentrate on those we served
- They were transparent and authentic
- They would always look you in the eye with a confidence in you, and that instilled a solid trust in them
- They keep in touch with me to this day
- They taught me lessons on leadership that I will use the rest of my life
How has your greatest mentor influenced you? In what ways have you changed as a result of their hand in your life? How are you carrying on their legacy today? How will you tomorrow?
Thank your mentor today. Then take someone you’re grooming and have them meet your mentor. Build a bridge of leadership legacy to the next generation.
(image from growingleaders.com)