Perhaps you’ve found yourself in a new leadership position, and the road ahead seems daunting and you are sensing you might be in over your head – forming a relationship with an experienced mentor might provide you with the support and insight you need to establish yourself and lead the organization.
You’ve been asked to step up and assume the reigns of your company. You’ve been a very successful salesperson and you enjoy the respect of your colleagues. While you feel you are up for the challenge, there is so much to learn and so many critical decisions that will need to be made to turn the firm around.
I can tell you from experience that there is a pretty good chance that establishing a relationship with the right mentor will impact your business in ways you never thought possible.
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction” – John C. Crosby
I can say without hesitation that I could never have achieved the success I’ve enjoyed in my life without the support and guidance of mentors. Some of my business mentors also played important roles in my development as a person. It turns out that being a person of character is critical to being a successful leader.
“No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or what you have achieved, a good mentor is an invaluable asset in business… “
– Richard Branson
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Why a Mentor?
A mentor is a wise and trusted adviser. A good mentor takes the long view on your growth and development. He or she wants to help you see the big picture. A good mentor can help you see where you are going, and even point you in the right direction.
Some of the obvious benefits of having a mentor are:
- Informed advice
- Alternative perspectives
- Learning important leadership skills
- Having a place to constructively vent
- Methods and strategies
- Life-long relationship
- Confidence building
“Time changes everything. That’s what people say. It’s not true. Doing things changes things. Not doing things leaves them exactly as they were.” – House