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7 Steps On How to Be a Better Mentor


As a mentor, your role is crucial in guiding and supporting your mentees to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Building a strong relationship with your mentees and establishing open communication is vital for their growth and development. In this article, we will discuss seven practical and effective steps that can help you become a better mentor for your team. From setting goals to providing constructive feedback, these tips will help you motivate and inspire your mentees to succeed. Read on to learn more about how to become a successful mentor for your team.

1. Build Communication Communication is important. Build an active communication between you and your mentees to gain their trust and show that you are willing to listen. This ensure that your mentees would not feel stressed and are comfortable to talk to you.

2. Listen Sometimes, your mentees do not require an answer or a solution - they want to be heard or listened. Listening carefully and being aware of the problem and its root will give you a better understanding, thus helping you to figure how to solve it.

3. Set Goals Keep in mind, the main reason your mentees refer to you is they believe you can help them improve and work better. When you mentees achieve their goals : they become more comfortable and open to new ones. As a mentor, you can help your mentees grow and improve in specific areas by assigning a task with a fixed deadline. Then, slowly move to another bigger task while being there to guide them along the way.

4. Gain Their Trust Build trust and respect through transparent and honest communication - the basis of trustworthy relationship that ensure success. As a mentor, you need to earn your mentees' trust in order to make them feel comfortable to be open with you. The only way to do so is to communicate with them. Allow them to gravitate towards you as you provide them a space to be honest with you.

5. Motivate Your Team To become a better mentor, you need to learn how to encourage others - giving positive feedbacks, compliments, applauding and celebrating succees and more. You have to be willing to always support others no matter how small or big their contributions are. Doing so will allow more freedom to your mentees and indirectly encourage them to grow and work better.

6. Give Feedback Giving feedbacks does not always mean making your mentees feel sorry or belittleing them. We can always give feedback as a mean to correct them and encourage them at the same time. A good mentor can bring corrections with kindness. If there is certain parts of the work that needs to be corrected, try saying : "This looks incorrect. Let's take a look at it again and see what we can do to fix it, together" Provide constructive feedbacks your mentees can learn from. And when giving feedback, provide alternative solutions so you and your mentees can solve the said problem.

7. Create Opportunities Mentorship is important as it helps mentees realize their potentials and skills. This also allow them to achieve their goals quicker than working on it on their own. Mentors can tap on mentee's potential and help them shine with support and guidance. A mentor can also introduce another mentor or any important individual that can assist with the mentee's development and goals.

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Writen by Hanani Bakari

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