Today the reason that many institutes and organizations are facing a leadership crisis. It is because they did not focus much on the mentorship programs and not paid much heed to train the next generation of the leader. Today therefore the need and importance of a mentor have never been more crucial than before.
As of now, we need to train the next generation of leaders to be proficient leaders of tomorrow and thereafter wise mentors of the future.
To achieve that we need to take care of a few points, as every generation and every set of leaders are different and unique on their own. As once Whoopi Goldberg an American actress, comedian, author, and television personality truly said, “We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.”
So to train them effectively for tomorrow’s challenges here are 5 things to know about mentoring the next generation of leaders.
Before we start offering our guidance and mentorship to the new and promising employees. It is strongly recommended that we should start by sorting out them, on basis of their personality traits. This can be done by addressing our experiences.
Like for instance if we use to be an extrovert and use to mingle with everyone or we use to be the one who does not mingle with everyone and enjoyed one’s own company. This might help them to relate with us and develop a bond with us in the process.
Don’t Misrepresent Yourself:
Although we are experienced it does not mean that we are experts at everything that we do and right every time. So if we make any mistake then we should not be afraid to accept them. We can use these instances to turn into teaching points. As we may have many points in our career that we are proud of but we should not “only” focus on them. But should also talk about our failures what they can learn from them.
Don’t Hold Back:
We should do mentoring with all our heart and not hold back while sharing any tips and tricks and with our mentee. If we are not willing to give it all then we should not be a mentor perhaps. As if once we are in we should be all in with our heart.
For instance, we can take Gary Ng Winnipeg-based successful entrepreneur. Gary Ng does not holdbacks when it comes to mentoring and sharing tips and tricks with his mentees.
We should know and appreciate the fact that mentoring is a long-term process and surely requires time. This is because mentoring cannot happen overnight. And we need to be invested in it. We should set aside time and give it is a due course of time.
Availability is of crucial importance as it helps us to stay in touch and be accessible at all times to the mentee. This can be through several ways such as setting up of schedule to meet regularly. It can also be through dropping e-mails or messages now and then.