Successful mentors fulfill 6 key roles.  Take a moment to see how well you are doing for your proteges.

  1. Motivator – Positive reinforcement, self-confidence and self-esteem, maintain perspective, and visionary
  2. Coach – Listening, questioning skills, willingness to challenge, and ability to diagnose
  3. Counselor – Perspective – broader context of ‘situation, ability to evaluate various career options
  4. Teacher / Advisor – Knowledge, instruction capability, selflessness, confirm understanding, and assess learning
  5. Sponsor / Door Opener – Provide networking opportunities, selflessness, and willingness to share
  6. Role Model – Consistent execution, leadership, work ethic, respect others

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The 4 Key Differentiators of Truly Great Leaders

I invite you to take a moment to think about a great leader that you know. This may be someone you worked with in the past; or, if you are lucky, someone you work with now.

With that person in my mind, I bet I can predict two things about that leader.

First, that great leader led a team that delivered great results. Frankly, if the leader didn’t deliver great results, you probably wouldn’t have assigned the title ‘great’.

Have You Ever Been in this Boat?

Creating a grand strategy – without the associated resources needed to execute it – is a recipe for frustration, disengagement, and many undesirable consequences.

Have you ever found yourself in this boat?

Are you putting your people in this situation, by expecting more than you’ve prepared, equipped, or even allow them to accomplish?