Become A MentorFew bonds in life are more influential than those between a young person and an adult.
As you begin your journey toward becoming a mentor, you will need to thoroughly understand the role of mentoring. Look at a role you are already familiar with. Most of us have had a supervisor, a boss or coach who has made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats. They acted as, delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. As a mentor you will wear these same hats.
Mentors understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:
- A sincere desire to be involved with a young person.
- Respect for young people.
- Active listener.
- See solutions and opportunities.
- Be flexible and open.
- Have fun.
- Achieve personal growth, learn more about themselves.
- Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference.
- Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity.
- Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work.
Enhance their relationships with their own children.
Go ahead—get started, find a mentoring opportunity today…
Learn more at www.mentoring.org.