Leaders That Make Mentoring Meaningful for Others

Leaders That Make Mentoring Meaningful for Others

Executive coaching is rewarding and regular when done well. Supporting a client in goal attainment takes time and focused committment from both parties. Mentoring can be just as meaningful without the heavy lifting of a formalized client/coach framework. Here are three ways that mentoring high potential leaders can be a boon for both parties:

  1. Learning is reciprocal. It’s a two way street that ebbs and flows over time. Sessions are recurrent but non-periodic and guided by the mentee. Sometimes I hear from mentees once a year or once a month/quarter. The key is availability and accessibility without the relationship being depleting. Having open, honest conversations about expectations is key to a productive and enjoyable experience. Mentors often report relaxing into a mentor/mentee relationship role that’s less intense than a formalized coach/client arrangement. This informal vibe, however, does not correlate to less productivity. There is magic in witnessing to another’s potential when no one’s really in “work” mode. In this way, both parties win!
  2.  Partners get a ton done. One hour in a safe and supportive session leaves a bunch of room for big gains. Our session can be in person, over skype, facetime or on the phone. We keep our meetings flexible and prioritize “present” energy exchanges that are authentic and thought provoking. We value the added bonus of an in person meeting but never miss a beat if we have to meet on line or via apps. We’re always ready to hit the ground running when we commit to our gathering.
  3.  Surprises and unexpected delights abound in a mentor/mentee relationship. A recent meeting with a mentee not only included great news of his hard earned accomplishment but also revealed additional entrepreneurial opportunities for his further development. Along with the corporate job win, he will continue to explore his creative and collaborative business building potential through interesting intercultural projects.

The need for effective mentor/mentee relationships is growning. Mutual exchange across cultures, between generations and amongst industries will provide us all with opportunities to remain current and valuable contributors across the spectrum. Enjoy the process! Feel free to share your favorite mentor/mentee moments at DonnaLynSpeaks@gmail.com