4 Ways to Dynamically Change Others


Is there a surefire can’t-fail approach to mentoring effectively in an organizational setting? Probably not. But that should come as no surprise because, after all, we’re talking about people. However, there are some ideas, principles, and goals that will help illumine your path to a satisfying and successful mentoring experience.

  1. Be an encourager. Encouragement is one of the mentor’s most powerful tools for leading another person to higher levels of personal growth. The Greek word for encouragement means, “coming alongside.” This means helping another person by being right there, offering whatever assistance is required.
  2. Be patient. Mentoring requires a good amount of patience from both parties. The endurance factor is quite important when the person with whom a mentor is working reacts with what might be considered a silly response (in words or actions). It also takes patience to see missteps and not immediately go in and either change the behavior or solve the problem.
  3. Be trustworthy. As a mentor you must exhibit integrity. The person you are mentoring will be open and vulnerable only after watching you live a consistently ethical life. Trustworthiness means being reliable, faithful, and unfailing. It means being open, honest and transparent. Being trustworthy also means you have the moral courage to do the right thing and stand up for what you believe even when it’s difficult to do so.
  4. Be an opportunist. A good mentor is always searching for mentoring opportunities. The best mentoring often happens in “teachable moments.” These impromptu opportunities to share insights and experiences require no formal agenda or time schedule, just a willingness on the leader’s part to be available and recognize opportune moments.

Mentoring is highly important as leaders develop their people. It’s a way to encourage and teach both character and skill to people who can become superstar employees.


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