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How to Choose a Good Mentor to
Become a Leader?
By David Kiger
Courtesy of Flazingo Photos at Flickr.com
Those who want to become leaders may go about this in a
variety of ways, but one good way to get started, and to
network w...
First, you’ll need to identify what a great mentor looks like, so you
can start with making sure it’s a person who can hel...
How to find just the right mentor?
First, you need to choose someone you admire, as a professional and
as a person. Now, t...
How to continue your professional development process?
Don’t forget to study the original literature in your field.
These ...
When entering in a mentor-mentee relationship it will also
be important to cultivate it, be appreciative and be prepared
s...
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How to Choose a Good Mentor to Become a Leader?

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A mentor will help you get an insight to real world experience and know-how, while also creating a relationship with a leader in your field.

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How to Choose a Good Mentor to Become a Leader?

  1. 1. How to Choose a Good Mentor to Become a Leader? By David Kiger Courtesy of Flazingo Photos at Flickr.com
  2. 2. Those who want to become leaders may go about this in a variety of ways, but one good way to get started, and to network while you’re in the process, is to get yourself a mentor. A mentor will help you get an insight to real world experience and knowhow, while also creating a relationship with a leader in your field. You may think it’s very difficult to get a mentor, but it’s actually not, you just need to know where to look and how to go about getting just the right mentor for you. Of course, there are tons of things you could do become a good leader, which you can actually read more about on the David Kiger SlideShare page, but another way to boost your leadership skills is interacting with leaders in your city and getting feedback and growing alongside a mentor.
  3. 3. First, you’ll need to identify what a great mentor looks like, so you can start with making sure it’s a person who can help you set up your short-term and long-term goals. Once you’ve set up your career expectations and goals, a mentor will help you stay focused and make sure you start doing everything you need to do to accomplish them. This process will include not only guiding you in the right direction, but providing you with enough advice that overcome any obstacles you may face along the way. The mentor you choose will also need to be leaders in your field, so they can help you develop specific professional skills, join networks, and hone in on field-related capabilities. The motivation factor in a mentor is very important, because this will be needed to continuously encourage mentees on their professional path. Time is sometimes a difficult factor, but it may only require a quick chat over coffee once a week, allowing you to bounce ideas off of them and get feedback on different career choices. It may seem that it is very difficult to find a mentor and to build a relationship with them in order to learn and be guided by them.
  4. 4. How to find just the right mentor? First, you need to choose someone you admire, as a professional and as a person. Now, this doesn’t mean that their career is an identical replica of what you want your career to be, but it does mean that they show professional skills and traits that can help you build the career you want. Their past experiences will come in handy when making decisions, so you’ll need someone you can trust, and who is willing to invest in you and your future. This means that the first place to look is within organizations or companies that have people that you admire as leaders and have jobs that you potentially see yourself doing in the future. A good way to meet your future mentor is by networking and getting into contact with as many experienced professionals as possible. If you are able to build these relationships, you are sure to find someone among them that will be able to take on the task to be your mentor. Many companies have mentoring programs and they promote finding a senior within in the company to build a mentor relationship with, so as to ensure that the younger executive’s career stays on track and is built on the skills required by the organization.
  5. 5. How to continue your professional development process? Don’t forget to study the original literature in your field. These classics will bring a perspective that only they can, and allow you to be up to part to more senior leaders in your company or field. Beside this, it is just as important to stay in tune with online sources that can allow you to grow professionally. Being part of specific groups on social media may help you keep your ear to the ground and learn more than you could ever imagine. With a mentor, you’ll soon be able to recognize the gaps that need filling, and it’ll be your job to make sure you strive to fill those gaps to become a better leader. Of course, besides spending your time reading, networking and investigating your field, don’t forget to actually lead. To be a great leader, you’ll need to find situations where you can put in practice your leadership skills, be it in your office, as a volunteer or even in your neighborhood.
  6. 6. When entering in a mentor-mentee relationship it will also be important to cultivate it, be appreciative and be prepared so you make the most of each encounter. Lastly, it will also be vital that you know it is time for a change. No relationship lasts forever, and this also goes for your relationship with your mentor. It may be because of many different factors, such as change of career paths, relocation or simply that it has run its course. This is ok, and the natural process, so make the most of it while your mentor still represents the career path you’d like to follow.

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