As a boss, you have the unique opportunity to become a mentor to those who report to you. Bosses who rise to the occasion and take on the role of mentor transform from the title of boss into that of a leader. The truth is that whether you rise to the challenge of becoming a mentor or not, your team members will look to you for inspiration, guidance, and support. By sliding into the role of mentor, you’ll empower your employees to tap into your experience and knowledge base, creating a better culture and a better customer experience.
What Are The Different Types Of Mentors?
- Peer Mentors – Being a peer mentor can be defined as helping another with a specific skill to help them accomplish a goal. For example, if one employee understands digital marketing and teaches the other their skills to help them get up to speed.
- Career Mentors – Career mentors are the most common type of mentors. They typically work at the same company or a former company. The mentee will serve as a career advisor and advocate, helping the mentee reach new goals or objectives with an experienced sounding board to bounce ideas off.
- Life Mentors – A life mentor usually goes beyond the scope of simply a job connection. The life mentor is typically not found in the workplace. It can even be a family member like a parent, an uncle/aunt, or grandparent that shows his or her mentee the ropes.
Tips For Being A Good Mentor
- Approach each mentorship differently. Each mentoring relationship is unique. Start with the realization and set expectations, parameters, and goals based on the specifics of this particular mentorship.
- Take a genuine interest in your mentee as a person. A mentorship is personal and while it may have some benefits to the organization as a whole, it truly is an act of kindness that requires good intentions to be successful.
- Know when to wait before giving advice. Finding the balance between giving advice and guidance and letting your mentee find his or her way is important to helping the mentee grow.
- Be open about your story. Being open about your mistakes, missteps, and career experience helps you, not only share the benefits of your experience but also show that you are human.
- Celebrate their achievements. Even small wins can be worthy of celebration. Be sure to take time to highlight, reinforce and celebrate the things your mentee is doing correctly.
- Lead by example. One of the most beneficial things you can do as a mentor is lead by example. Your mentee will be watching closely and learning from how you handle yourself in certain situations.
There is a fine balance between telling your employee what to do and mentoring them. Empowering your employees to grow, learn and take on more responsibilities is at the center of the mentorship relationship. While there are deep benefits for the mentee to enter into a mentoring relationship, the organization as a whole can also reap the benefits of mentorship. The culture will be more positive which brings benefits such as a happier workforce, higher levels of productivity, and retention. In a competitive job market, these kinds of intangibles can even turn into recruiting tools, helping you to attract top talent to your business as you grow.
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