Mentors play a key role including:
- Providing an alternative view of our industry/role/profession from what others might see, based on their own experience.
- Acting as a sounding board as we work through different ideas.
- Helping us understand and navigate the undercurrents of an organization and/or industry.
Formal mentors are usually different than our own bosses, which provides the advantage of an unbiased confidant.
What are the mentoring opportunities available to you?
When considering a mentor ask yourself:
- What is the role I want the mentor to play?
- What type of support am I looking for? (Sounding board, understanding undercurrents)
- What are my goals for the mentoring experience?
- What role(s) do I want the mentor to play?
Many formal mentoring programs will have application processes and sharing your responses around these areas can help not only with pairing you with a good fit, but also getting the most out of the limited time you have together.
Wishing you the best,
Leadership | Teamwork | Business Success
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