During one of my recent speaking opportunities I shared that none of us have arrived to this place in our lives without standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. I was referring to the idea of mentoring and the pathways that it can provide for personal and professional growth.
What Mentoring is Not
Informal vs. Formal Mentoring
A formal mentoring programs offer employees the opportunity to participate in an organized mentoring program. By contrast, an informal mentoring initiative takes places in organizations that develop a culture of mentoring, but do not have formal mentoring in place. The JumpStart mentoring program, shares the following six habits of highly effective mentors.
Six Successful Mentoring Habits
- Set a good example
- Be open to learning
- Your network’s advice is as valuable as your own
- Share experiences, don’t dictate
- Lending an ear is sometimes more important
- Don’t be afraid to get personal
At the end of he day, the process of mentoring benefits both the mentor and the mentee because not only do both grow through the process, but we see two lives impacted positively in a profound way. Now, go mentor someone today….
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