In this video I provide some guidance on what to look for in a mentoring relationship and how it can help you to achieve success in both your business and professional life.
Some of the key lessons that I have learnt through being both a mentor and a mentee are:
- Take the relationship seriously if you want to see results.
- Commit to the mentoring process and don’t waste each others time.
- If things are not working be transparent and communicate to work on improving the relationship.
- Listen – both as a mentor and a mentee, listen and pay attention and be open to new ideas.
- Make sure that the relationship is not about ego-boosting but about mutual respect.
- Use mentoring as an opportunity to share your experiences honestly and openly.
- Remember that a mentor is not a coach or a therapist; if you need either of those make sure you get one.
- Respect each others boundaries – you might eventually become friends but do not go into a mentoring relationship expecting a friendship to develop.
- Use resources wisely and be time effective – with the evolution of technology you do not have to meet physically for every mentoring session be open to using technology and telephone communication to keep in touch.
- Set a time frame – whilst you can keep in touch after your mentoring relationship is complete it really does make sense to set a time frame so that the mentee does not become co-dependent on their mentor.
If you want advice on how to find a mentor read this post.