Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to read my post on mentoring from earlier this week.  It was brought to my attention by one of my best and frequent mentors (husband Dave) that the Mentoring graph might not exactly be intuitive, and suggested I provide a bit more explanation for those less familiar with the concept of mentoring.  I’ve now revised the post and reposted here, to help elucidate the model.  See?  Mentoring works!

Despite (or perhaps because of) its popularity in our business nomenclature, we may have become desensitized to the importance of mentors and the scores of ways we regularly receive mentorship.  Think about when were you most recently mentored.  What were the circumstances and the outcome?  How did it help you achieve your goal(s)?  What type of mentoring relationship is it?  Does the person know you view them as a mentor?

Great leaders are cognizant and deliberate in how they use others to reach their goals – and quick to recognize that their success is built by standing on the shoulders of others.  Tune in to the ways you utilize your mentors, and you will be more likely to approach those relationships with intentionality – and gratitude.