As a business leader, we're used to leading. But even leaders can benefit from having good mentors.
As an entrepreneur or business leader, I believe the most important thing you can do is align yourself with the right mentor.
In this video I go into why you need a mentor, what to look for in finding the right type of mentor, how to approach someone to become your mentor, and what the best value is for paid and unpaid mentorships.
What is a characteristic of a successful formal mentoring program? There are many reasons why you need a mentor in your life. In the business world, having the right professional mentor can greatly increase your performance, profit, and leadership traits, among other things.
The same applies to your personal life. Having the right mentor for your marriage, personal goals, or other areas of your life can greatly reduce your stress and help you achieve your passions and dreams and allow you to become the person you desire to be and live the life you desire to have.
It can be helpful to ask the question, "Who in your life mentors or inspires you?" And also ask how the impact your life and in what areas of your life. That's a good place to start reflecting on your level of need for mentorship in a given area. You really need to be asking, "What do I want to learn from my mentor?" It also can be a clue of who could possibly be the right mentor to approach, or help connect you with the right mentor. I talk about the importance of this in the video and referral mentorship.
It's important to note that good mentors are selective on who they try to mentor or take on as their mentee. Your approach in asking someone to be your mentor should be very strategic. So if you're wondering, "How do you ask someone to be your mentor?" then you'll find some very helpful tips in this video.
Another great resource is an interview with Gary L. Smith I did. This will also help you find the right coach or mentor who can help you grow your business and personal goals: