The mentee is looking to you for career advice and you provide them with your unique perspective.
I came across a Harvey Mackay article recently, where some of the top U.S executives share their advice on the subject.
As an example;
Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of DreamWorks says, “I don’t think it matters how small or how big the task is, if you can do it just a little bit better than what is expected, you will be noticed and rewarded.”
Meg Whitman, president and CEO, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise says, “Be clear what matters most. And what matters most is your family. There are tradeoffs that you will make, but remember, at the end of the day that is probably the most important group of people in your lives, and that has been true for me from day one. Do something that you love. We spend a lot of time at work … if you find yourself in a company where you’re being asked to do something that you don’t think is right or you’re feeling uncomfortable about the leadership and the direction of the company, run, do not walk, for the doors.”
Mr. Mackay’s Moral: Learn from the best to get ahead of the rest.
I encourage you to share this advice on ‘getting ahead’ with others in your organization and add your own thoughts as well.
My leadership tip for you this week is to establish a formal mentor relationship with someone. Share your experience. Provide your guidance and support. If you already doing this, I tip my hat to you.
The benefits of mentoring for the mentor and mentee are well documented. Also well documented is the notion, leaders who develop other leaders have exceptional careers themselves.