The Law of Modeling – It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
We use actions to judge others but intentions to justify ourselves.
While I don’t have a face to face mentor I have different channels Here are 3 things I have found valuable from being a mentee.
A Mentor Provides the External Perspective
Given our bias towards intentions (us) vs. actions (others) a mentor can be the one turning to tables on us. Because we can’t see ourselves, a mentor can help us understand the integrity and consistency between our actions and values.
A Mentor Can Transform Our Thinking
Just like mentors can give us feedback on our behaviors, they can also challenge our thinking and perspective. Everyone thinks differently, thus bouncing ideas off others can shape and reform the way we see the world around us.
Different backgrounds produce different assumptions about the world. By having mentors share their views we can expand our explanation of the things we see and experience.
A Mentor Can Help Steer The Ship
We all have vision and dreams. Unfortunately, we also get easily distracted and start focusing on low impact initiatives that can take us in the wrong direction or nowhere.
A mentor can help us get back on track and holds us accountable to our plans for achieving our vision and dreams. A mentor is like the navigator on a ship.
So how is this related to leadership?
Remember leaders are those who meet others where they are and take them where they can be.
As we read through the list above and recognize how a mentor can help us succeed, we must also figure out how we can serve this role in our team.
“There is nothing you know that you haven’t learned from someone else.”
Everything in the world has been passed down. Every piece of knowledge is something that has been shared by someone else. If you understand it as I do, mentoring becomes your true legacy. It is the greatest inheritance you can give to others. It is why you get up everyday —to teach and be taught.
— A Game Plan for Life, John Wooden 2009