Whether you work for a small company and are asked to wear a number of different hats, or you are a part of an organization that is downsizing, you may be asked to take on more responsibility with little notice.
As employees get shuffled around the downsizing organization, they are gathering more experience, but they aren’t able to spend the time they need to consider what they’ve learned. It is in these types of situations that employees would greatly benefit from a mentor relationship. With a mentor relationship, like the kind LTG Mary Legere offers her fellow military personnel, employees are better able to adapt to their new position.
To have a successful relationship with a mentee, you have to continually develop the relationship, focusing on building trust, setting achievable goals, and keeping things on track. As the relationship grows you will become a confidant, personal advisor, and sounding board for those that you mentor. This will allow you to impart your knowledge of the industry and experience in the field. With your encouragement, your mentee will have the motivation to become more engaged with the organization and with their own personal and professional development.
As a mentor, you have the opportunity to help another understand the different methods and procedures within your organization, different beliefs and attitudes about their work, and possibly adapt your approach to business into their own style. For LTG Mary Legere being a mentor and helping others reach their potential is an experience well worth the time she puts in.