Once you’ve been promoted, it’s advisable to look for a mentor who can be your guide when climbing the corporate ladder. The problem is many can end up following the wrong influencer and they plummet instead of soar. If you truly want to find the right guide for you, then look for the following characteristics.
Allows You to Learn From Your Mistakes
Unfortunately, there are mentors who focus more on avoiding errors and becoming perfect. Truth is, no one is perfect and we can always learn from our mistakes. Look for a mentor who will let you find life lessons in failures instead of using them against you. Choose someone who will push you to continue despite your slip-ups and to never give up no matter how many times you fall down.
Motivates and Empowers You
Your mentor should not just be an inspiration, but also a guide who makes hands-on suggestions for your next move. They should be the first ones who will believe in your capacities and skills. Also, your chosen teacher should encourage you to continue learning and enriching yourself through new goals and achievements. The “right one” will automatically embolden you to take A+ practice tests just so you can pass your certification.
Relatable and Communicative
The mentor you select should not be so distant from your own career and drive. Though there is a difference in your positions, the gap should not be so far apart that neither of you would be able to relate to each other’s work experiences. If the mentor you want makes you feel uncomfortable about voicing your opinion, you’re most likely with the wrong one. Communication is a two-way street and that’s a vital factor in career mentoring.
It may take time for you to select “The One,” but that’s fine. As stated in the movie The Mask of Zorro by Anthony Hopkins, “When the pupil is ready, the master will appear.” You just need to prepare, wait, and choose wisely to find your true mentor.