Mentoring is a precious relationship that requires individuals to work together to build a world where we’re all mentoring each other to learn, grow and be happy.
At RDI, we focus on mentoring year-round. Mentoring is as much a part of our culture as Winning Smart. We win because we develop our people and support them in their learning journey. If you want to succeed in developing people, you have to make mentoring a top priority.
Focus on Building Mentoring Relationships
Mentoring is a mindset. You have to focus on building relationships as the foundation for mentoring. The best leaders understand the importance of relationships when it comes to success. People who develop other people take the time to get to know each other. When Vince Lombardi was asked what it took to make a winning team, here is how he responded:
There are a lot of coaches with good ball clubs who know the fundamentals and have plenty of discipline but still don’t win the game. Then you come to the third ingredient: If you’re going to play together as a team, you’ve got to care for one another. You’ve got to love each other. Each player has to be thinking about the next guy and saying to himself: “If I don’t block that man, Paul is going to get his legs broken. I have to do my job well in order that he can do his.” The difference between mediocrity and greatness is the feeling these guys have for each other.
You’ll Never Regret the Time You Invest in People
That concept doesn’t apply only to football. It also applies to individuals traveling together on a learning journey. If the relationship is not there, then people won’t travel far together. Take others with you and help them change their lives for the better. Nothing in life is more fun or a greater reward. You’ll never regret the time you invest in people.
Tips To Develop a Mentoring Mindset
- Understand that you are invested in their success.
- Ask them to share their story with you – their journey so far.
- Find out what makes them tick.
- Find out their strengths and weaknesses.
- Spend some time with them outside the environment where you typically see them.
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