Are you a Mentor?– This is a key question, each professional worth his / her mettle need to answer on many an occasion. A lot of times, managing is confused for mentoring and vice-versa. Let me start by defining who is a mentor – “A ’mentor’ is one who helps / tutors / advises / leads / guides a ‘protégée’ towards the achievement of protégée’s goals; Mentor also is one who takes the special interest in the overall development of the protégée. Please read on…to get some answers…
Empathize – Influence – Enhance
As employees are the real drivers (most of the times, the only drivers) of your business, it becomes imperative that they are nurtured technically and psychologically.
In many companies, they are given more than the handful of choices for choosing the areas they want to be groomed. Giving right direction is core for their growth rather than leaving it is as an open-ended question.
A quantitative methodology – Key Performance Indicator – KPI’s plays a major role in the individual’s growth. Over a period of time, employees should feel aligned and empowered to pursue their organizational objectives and departmental goals. This is well done only if Mentoring is taken up as an ‘organizational KPI’ for every department. Mentoring need not be done just by the immediate reporting authority who can identify the protégée’s personal strengths and weaknesses at work; it can also be taken up by anyone who has both the ‘will and skill’ to lead an individual towards the achievement of the set goals.
However, one has to define the line of expectation from mentoring, which can otherwise result in pitfalls-
To put this in a nut-shell – Mentoring is a tool that organizations can use to nurture and grow their people. It can be an informal practice or a formal program.
Protégés observe, question and explore;
Mentor demonstrates, explains and models.
The following could be used as the foundation for a solid mentoring program:
I think the most important thing is to start to orient towards a mentoring approach in each walk of life. ‘By enabling others, we enable ourselves’.