W.I.N. Wednesday: Why You Should Get Up Every Day
"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves."
Mentoring, like leading, is not about creating a clone of you or a “Mini Me”. It is about helping others develop into the best version of themselves that they can be. It is challenging others, just as you challenge yourself, to always be better tomorrow than they are today. They can only fulfill that challenge by investing in themselves every day by reading or listening to books or podcasts, learning from their mistakes and failures, and asking questions.
In my Dare to Be Great leadership workshops I share the following quote from Steven Covey:
“Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.”
Stephen R. Covey
Think of the people in your life in whom you see the potential they cannot see in themselves. Seek to mentor those people.
Think of the people in your life who saw the potential in you that you did not see in your life. They communicated to you that they believed in you and as a result you rose to that challenge. They are your mentors. Thank them.
Mentoring and leading is not about simply telling others what to do. It is modeling for others the desired behaviours. It is asking questions to guide them to the self-discovery of the answers. It is teaching them how to think, not telling them what to think. It is allowing them to struggle, then helping them to learn the lessons from the struggle.
Mentoring is give and take. John Wooden said, “Mentoring is why you should get up ever day; to teach and be taught.” Who are you teaching? Who are you learning from? Who are you mentoring?
What’s Important Now? The world needs more great mentors and leaders.
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