What is mentor’s definition?
Contributor Editor: Lily Harvey MBA PMP
1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. 2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
We call them teachers, advisors, experts and even friends. But in reality, being a mentor isn’t a profession, it’s a role. These are often the first people we look to as valuable sources of information and advice. They can exist in every aspect of human life…
The traits of a mentor: include wisdom, knowledge, experience, amiability and the patience to nurture a newcomer into becoming a professional. Mentors are familiar enough to where their pupils feels comfortable sharing questions as well as any uncertainties, fears or issues they may have along the way. Mentors must have strong communication skills that allow them to break down elements of their expertise so that the people seeking their advice can understand it.
The significance of mentors is monumental! Some of the greatest professionals in the world got where they are today through the guidance of those they consider teachers and mentors. Even when novices become leaders, they often still seek their counsel due to the personal relationship and level of trust that are created through such bonds.
Famous sculptor Michelangelo was an apprentice for his mentor, an artist by the name of Domenico Ghirlandaio. Both singers Jewel and Whitney Houston claimed their mentors were their mothers, which exemplifies how personal a mentor’s relationship can be to the student. Andy Warhol’s mentor was an interior designer by the name of Jed Johnson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. considered Mahatma Gandhi a mentor.
Roles of the Mentee and Mentor
“It is the third most powerful relationship for influencing human behavior (after the family and couple relationships ) if it is working.” Source: Richard E. Caruso, PhD
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