Training mentors is not an easy task if the one being trained to be a mentor does not take it serious. I Think this is the really the heart of being a mentor. Their has to be a desire to see someone succeed. Whether that is the success of your own subordinate, or the success of someone else, the desire to assist the less experienced person succeed has to be a genuine desire. I was personnally mentored on more than one occasion. Sometimes it was worthwhile sometimes it was an attempt to make me a clone of the mentor. That then is the next key to being a mentor. A desire to see a less experienced individual succeed in their own way. What should be important to the mentor is the outcome not necessarily the technique. Don’t get me wrong, teaching a technique may be the most important part of the mentor/mentee relationship but if your technique is not going to work for the person you are mentoring, than be ready and willing to help the mentee adjust to their own style. This is where knowledge of personality styles and types can come in handy. But more on personality in another post. A mentor that is not willing to allow the mentee to try different things is not helping the situation. They might as well be in a static classroom environment then. The Mentor/mentee relationship will not last long this way.
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