Did you know that even the most successful business leaders have a mentor? Haven’t they already “arrived”? Good leaders know you never arrive. We are always growing and working on continuous improvement. There is where mentoring comes in. Whether you are looking for a mentor for your personal development or someone to mentor you in your business, it can be challenging to find the right one. What are some questions to ask when finding the right person to work with?
- Where am I today in my personal development?
- What is it that I need in a mentor/peer advisor?
- Am I at the place to grow my business and lead my team the way I want?
- What is the biggest challenge I’m facing (personal or my business)?
- Where do I want to be 12 months, 5 years from today?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you should have your own list of questions to interview your potential mentor. Or, maybe in answering these questions, you know someone who is where you want to be and has a proven track record of helping others get there. Working with someone you know can have it’s advantages as well.
In closing, I would recommend interviewing multiple candidates. Unless you have someone who comes recommended or you personally know that you’re confident can get you to your goals. The important thing is that you take the steps today to begin working with someone who can support you and challenge you in your own development.