CHAPTER 4The Mentoring Role: Instruction by Example

The mentoring role is reserved for managing those people whose performance is above average. Mentor your stars, individuals who are mature, experienced and wise in the business. While the catchwords for coaching are “inspire” and “motivate,” the catchwords for mentoring are “instruct” and “guide.” When you mentor, it’s your job to teach new skills and explain different outlooks. Typically, that’s how the star performers will align their career aspirations and goals with your organization. Mentoring is all about giving people broader outlooks, more things to consider. It is for career planning, succession planning and retention.

Like it or not, you are the example.

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