Mentoring – a brief introduction
Mentoring has become a popular tool in business and social environments, not to be confused with coaching. Yet many people are either unaware of its significance and benefits or simply have the wrong idea.
There is nothing complicated about mentoring. It is not just about young people or student support mentoring; anyone of any age and from any walk of life can gain huge benefit.
The tipping point
In career, educational or personal areas, in order to move forward to the next level, support from another person who has experienced a similar pathway, can provide the vital pivotal point.
Your mentor can guide you in a specific area in a positive, but not controlling way. In order to develop your skill sets, this often means changing the way you are thinking which can be immensely difficult to achieve alone.
It’s not for me…
You may be stubbornly resistant to change, thinking, as many of us do, that you know what’s best. You may just be baffled, indifferent or unaware of your own talents.
When you are too close to your own mind set, finding solutions to difficulties and implementing a worthwhile strategy to overcome them can seem like climbing a mountain.
The walls come tumbling down
Working with a mentor, the cluttered path ahead can become remarkably uncluttered, clear of the debris which is preventing your progress.
The great thing about mentoring is seeing it working as an organic, evolving partnership; you see yourself growing as an individual, with stronger self-awareness, and greater understanding of your strengths, capabilities, and crucially the areas in your life you need to develop.
I can see you…
When a solid, sustained mentor and mentee relationship builds, results can be astonishingly powerful, offering opportunity to contemplate and reflect on the choices open to you. A mentor who has worked in a similar field, and discovered some of the pitfalls, can often see your potential far better than you.
The SatNav says U-turn
He or she can then help you find the right direction to believe in yourself, and boost your self-confidence. Sometimes it’s about asking you questions to challenge your line of thought, in an encouraging, not threatening way.
Don’t do as I say…
A mentor will not intimidate you or expect you to agree with their suggestions; he or she will understand the issues you face, giving you a chance to look more closely at yourself and what you really want.
…do as you say.
By offering the right support, objective, non-judgmental, uncritical, you can discover new fields in confidence, whilst taking more responsibility for your life.