Recognize that they have done so because they care about you. Being a mentor is a choice, and they made the choice because they wanted to help you. Who are they? Those who have impacted your growth and development; those who have had an effect on the way you think; those that inspire you personally or professionally; and especially those that have motivated you to be a leader in your own right. Take the time to thank these folks and let them know how much you appreciate them. Let them know that you are different because of them – that they have made a difference. Since there is rarely instant gratification in mentoring others, there is nothing more satisfying to a mentor than knowing that they actually made a difference. They will be proud. Let’s let them know!
Oh, and do it today so it is not lost in the pile of all your other leadership duties.
Donny Barstow has been with MCCi since 2000 and currently serves as President of the company. He has a Management Information Systems B.S. from Florida State University, and an MBA from University of Florida. Donny has been involved in leadership all his life. Starting with being the team captain in sports, to being the President of his fraternity at FSU, all the way to being an influential and motivating leader at MCCi. He is very active and dedicated to his leadership philosiphies. He is the Founder of TYEO (Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization), a recent graduate from Leadership Tallahassee, and is counted on for his weekly inspirational leadership notes. This blog is dedicated to educating and collaborating with others on the definition of leadership and what it takes to be a great leader.
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I enjoy seeing others grow, mature and improve their working skills.