By ZARA JAYNE
According to an article from Inc.com by Jamie Walters, “a good mentoring relationship allows both mentor and mentee to develop new talents and build self-awareness.”
In the business environment, a mentor develops leadership skills whereas a mentee has a deeper understanding of the corporate culture.
However, it is not always easy to find the “right” mentor that you can easily get along and work with.
Here are a few tips to consider when identifying a suitable mentor.
1. Take the next step and be proactive
For some, the mentor-mentee relationship comes naturally. Certain people are able to click instantly and their mentoring relationship begins with minimal effort.
Though some mentoring relationships develop easily, don’t just wait for it to happen.
Take the initiative to find a suitable mentor. Be willing to take that step to build a good mentoring relationship right from the start.
2. Begin to know yourself
“How do I know myself?”
Many have asked themselves this question. Here are a few things to consider as you try to discover the real you.
Evaluate your own personality and which types of personalities complement your style.
Walter writes, “Consciously think about where you are in your career, and where you would like to be.”
Also, recognise your strengths and weaknesses so that your mentor is able to help you grow.
3. Have an open mind
Keep in mind that your mentor may not necessarily be a senior leader or even be in the same business.
Mentors are people who empower you to grow in various areas, so they may not necessarily be a senior leader or business as you.
“Look for someone who exemplifies the traits and skills that you want to adopt,” Walter explains.
4. Have goals for this relationship
Set some objectives for this mentoring relationship.
You will also find value in this relationship once there is a clear purpose to it.