According to Forbes, the Miami Herald and a variety of other publications, mentoring is crucial to employee development and engagement. At SPM, I have been incredibly fortunate to have had a great mentor from my first day.
I remember sitting down in front of her desk (without a clue as to what PR actually was) and within five minutes, I knew she was someone who’d be very important to me over the coming years. I’ve learned countless lessons from my mentor, but perhaps the most important is how to be a good mentor to others. Here’s what I’ve learned:
- A good mentor should be a champion, an advisor and when necessary, a critic.
- You’re never too old to be a mentor or a mentee. And age has little to do with the roles.
- There is great responsibility with a mentor/mentee relationship – both people must actively establish and maintain trust.
- Mentorship relationships require devotion and time which are luxuries that come too infrequently, but they are nonetheless vital to the relationship.
- A mentor creates a safe place for a mentee to be authentic and then celebrates the authenticity.
- Being sought out as a mentee is incredibly flattering, but nothing beats being a coveted mentor.
- And sometimes, you accidentally dress alike 🙂
Who have been the most important mentors of your life?