Peter Drucker spent his life “strengthening organizations to strengthen society”, and he served as a legendary mentor for many successful individuals. As a mentor, he had an unerring instinct for guiding others to greatness, and his legacy lives on today in the Drucker Institute. On the flip side, Drs. Vineet Chopra and Sanjay Saint focused on what makes a great mentee in a recent article for the Harvard Business Review.
No matter which side of a mentorship relationship you’re on, Stout breaks it down here with 5 tips on excelling in either role.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T = SUCCESS
No matter which side of the relationship you are on, the most successful alliances require support, respect, clarity and patience. Not only does the partnership evolve over time, but so will each person in it. Learning is not a one-way street, either. Mentors can learn much about themselves, both from the process and from their mentees. It’s a rich and layered relationship, not so much about fast-tracking and teaching but discovery, legacy and trust.
Still looking for your mentor match?
Opportunities to mentor or be mentored are all around. If you don’t have your own mentor, create one. Seek out thought leaders you admire and research them. Use people you admire around you – your child’s teacher, your child, the barista or neighbor – and source inspiration from their #Stout attributes. Or harness the power of technology, and create a “virtual super mentor” by pulling the top characteristics from a handful of those you admire online. And if you are a success in something you do – whether it’s as an entrepreneurial adventurer or a power parent – be open to sharing your skills with others looking to level up in that role. And yes, you can both HAVE a mentor and BE a mentor; from starting exec to Fortune 500 CEO-we all have room for growth!
For even more insights on the power and possibilities of mentorship, check out these #Stout articles.