Mentoring is one of the most enjoyable things I do. When someone asks me to mentor them, it means I get to be a part of their personal and professional development. I get to watch that growth in their life and encourage them to achieve their goals. A large part of mentoring includes discussing goals and digging in deeper to hone in on the passions and unique talents of the mentee, then collaborating with them on ideas to get there.
Throughout my career, I’ve had several mentors. The best ones where those who were committed to giving me guidance and honest feedback, but before they could do that, they needed to really listen and respond accordingly. When you agree to mentor someone, make sure that during the time you have set aside to meet with your mentee, you are present in their moment, not yours.
“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart