When the mentor leads by example, the mentee can be exposed to and learn the methods, procedures, values, and culture of the organization by observing the mentor’s behavior. But bad habits can also be inherited by the mentee, so it is paramount that mentors are aware of their conduct and what it is they are imparting.
The mentor should take the time to bring the mentee to meetings that are above their usual level to understand the bigger picture of the organization. This also inspires the mentee to pursue future opportunities at the higher level. The mentor should also take the time to review these meetings or opportunities with the mentee to share their perspective and ask for the mentee’s thoughts on what they observed.
One of my mentees had the opportunity to watch me conduct job interviews that are usually private. Afterwards, we took the time to discuss each interview and my mentee’s notes on the interviews. It provided the mentee an opportunity she would not normally have, in a safe environment, and it gave me a second perspective on each of the interviews. It also gave the mentee an opportunity to see the interview from the interviewer’s perspective, which will help her at her next job interview.
Stay tuned for Tip #5 coming next week!
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