While some managers can also be good mentors, great mentorship is a separate discipline in itself.
Quite often, it is easier to form an open, trusting mentoring relationship with someone outside of your management structure. Mentoring is a personal relationship, much more akin to your friend than our boss. Mentoring is not about managing your mentee, but instead helping them to manage themselves.
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” — Steven Spielberg
A mentor must:
Have no hidden Agenda or vested interest
Have Relevant experience
Enable mentee to try, grow, and strive!
“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” — Maya Angelou
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