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Insights learnt from mentoring

Insights learnt from mentoring

Posted by: Rabeb Othmani on

I am truly fortunate to have experienced both sides of mentorship. Throughout my career, I’ve been privileged to have had exceptional mentors who guided me and facilitated my growth, both professionally and personally. Recognizing the crucial role mentorship plays in my personal and career development, I’ve always embraced the opportunity to learn from those who have paved the way before me. The invaluable guidance and unwavering support I’ve received from my mentors have not only shaped my career trajectory but also opened doors to new opportunities and connections. I attribute a significant portion of my professional success to the mentorship I’ve received. That’s why I seize every chance to pay it forward and mentor individuals and teams whenever the opportunity arises. I understand firsthand the role mentorship plays in fostering the growth and success of individuals and teams alike.

While there is a common perception that the mentee is the primary beneficiary, mentors also gain invaluable insights and perspectives from their mentees. It’s a dynamic where both parties contribute to each other’s growth and development.

Insights learnt from mentoring

In the same way that I’ve learned from my mentors, I’ve gained invaluable insights from my mentees, highlighting several key lessons:

  • Trust is Paramount: Establishing trust is foundational for a successful mentorship relationship. Being transparent, reliable, and approachable are essential qualities that allow mentees to feel comfortable opening up and receiving guidance.

  • Active Listening is Key: As a mentor, I’ve learned the importance of active listening. Giving undivided attention without judgment or bias allows for meaningful exchanges and fosters a deeper connection with my mentees.

  • Tailoring Coaching Styles: Recognizing that one size does not fit all, I’ve adapted my coaching style to accommodate the diverse needs and learning preferences of each mentee. I need to be adaptable and flexible to deliver the best mentoring experiences.

  • Effective Constructive Feedback: Providing constructive feedback is an art that I’ve honed through experience. Balancing praise with areas for improvement, delivered with honesty and openness, fosters growth and development in mentees.

  • Empowerment through Guidance: While my role is to guide and support, empowering mentees to take ownership of their projects and careers is paramount. Encouraging autonomy and initiative cultivates a sense of ownership and accountability.

  • Cultivating Patience: Recognizing that personal and professional growth is a journey, I’ve learned to exercise patience and consistency in supporting mentees through challenges and setbacks. Guiding them to discover solutions independently fosters resilience and self-reliance.

  • Navigating Cultural differences: Embracing the diversity of cultural backgrounds among mentees has enriched my mentorship experiences. Respecting and understanding these differences promotes inclusivity and broadens perspectives.

I’ve learned that mentorship is not just about sharing knowledge and guidance, but also about inspiring and empowering mentees to unleash their full potential. The richness of learning in a mentorship relationship is truly remarkable. I encourage everyone to engage in mentorship, whether as a mentor or mentee.