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The Value of Mentors

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The Value of Mentors

08/19/10

Permalink 10:30:24 pm, Categories: Personal Development

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to be a guest panelist in a class titled "Solutions Oriented Leadership" taught by my colleague Cheri Baker. Cheri asked me to join the panel with two other leaders. The class was small (about 8 people) which provided a great forum. The students were prepared with a list of 18 questions and we tackled about half of them. One of the questions revolved around "Who is your most important mentor and why?" and the answers were memorable.

Each of the panelists talked about various people who have mentored them through the years, but one common theme emerged--a mentor is someone who not only sets a good example, but can also provide you with a different point of view that may not always be easy to hear. Mentors are people who can help you improve yourself--not by taking action for you, but rather by helping you understand the action you must take.

Everyone should have mentors--they may be formal relationships (such as an executive coach), colleagues, or friends or family. Regardless of the relationship, a mentor must be someone you can be honest with and someone who can be honest with you.

Take a moment to think about the mentors in your life and how they have helped you. And if you don't have a good network of mentors, consider adding a new mentor in the next week. You probably already know someone who would be a great fit!


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