Q & A: What are your thoughts on mentoring in the workplace?

There is a saying that I will paraphrase here: “Every person is my superior in that I may learn from them.”

I have learned from observing great leaders throughout my career. I have also learned a lot from horrible managers who thought they were leaders.

I believe you take every opportunity as a chance to learn.

As I moved into a leadership role, the greatest lesson I ever learned from one of my favorite mentors is self mastery. No matter what is going on around you (most of which you cannot control), you must master your reaction to it. That is the one thing you can control.

This is even more important when you are responsible to others, which you are throughout your career, whether you’re a leader or part of a team.

I have been very fortunate to have mentored many people over the years, and I continue to do so to this day. I feel it’s the responsibility of leaders to help guide future generations—similar to family responsibility. This sharing of knowledge makes both generations stronger.

I truly believe that, if you’re not mentoring, you’re not leading.

The process of mentoring builds confidence, which builds a better future.

 

Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan

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