Simon explains the value of being a mentor in addition to seeking one out. This could look like peer-to-peer mentorship or taking a newer person in the company under your wing. Not only can you provide that person with value, but you can also be seen as someone who develops others, which is a key leadership competency that helps you build influence.
- If you've ever given a presentation, … you know that we learn more from teaching others … than we do by being taught. … For this reason, you should include a mentee … on your list of business relationships. … You might think you don't … have enough experience or knowledge … to mentor someone else, … but I'm going to help you see why that's not the case. … We'll take a look at how you can add value … to your mentee's life. … First, you'll need to identify what you have to offer. … Everyone has something to share. … Whether you're a high school student, … a young professional, or veteran employee, … you have experiences and a perspective … that can add value to someone else. … For example, if it's your first year on the job … right out of college, you can mentor a college student … and help them network before they graduate. … Or, maybe you've been in your position … for five years or more. … You can reach out to a new employee … and share more about the company. … You can be the person who helps them feel comfortable …
- Explain the importance of giving a good first impression.
- Recognize the importance of creating a shared bond.
- Identify tools for building relationships online.
- Recognize the right time to become a mentor to someone else.
- Name the factors that will help you identify the sweet spot for creating a project that serves both you and your organization.