5 Mindset Shifts That Managers Should Make to Become Good Mentors

Being a mentor in the workplace can be highly beneficial for your own career growth. Firstly, it enhances your leadership skills, as mentoring requires you to guide and motivate others, helping you develop a deeper understanding of effective leadership strategies. Secondly, mentoring allows you to reflect on your own experiences and knowledge, helping you gain new insights and perspectives that can benefit your own professional development.

If you have not yet shifted your mindset towards being a great mentor, please do not do it. You can break somebody down. Rather start working on the following mindset shifts. It is about shifting from being a manager to being a mentor. Afterall, you will be mentoring someone that you manage. So, make sure you can shift gears.

1. Shift From Being Tough To Being Empathetic

A manager is stern, but a good mentor needs to empathize with their mentees, understanding their perspectives, challenges, and aspirations. This means being open to listening without judgment, and offering support and guidance based on that understanding.

2. Shift from Cracking The Whip to Guidance

As a manager you want things done right but as a good mentor you must encourage a growth mindset in both yourself and your mentees. This means viewing challenges as opportunities for growth, and embracing a learning-oriented approach. Show your mentees that it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as they are willing to learn from them.

3. Shift From Authority to Autonomy

As a manager you must think about your own accountability but as a good mentor you must allow your mentees to take ownership of their projects and decisions, while providing guidance and feedback along the way. This helps them develop confidence in their abilities and fosters a sense of responsibility.

4. Shift from a Dictatorship to a Democracy

As a manager you must drive strategies but as a good mentor you must foster a culture of curiosity and continuous learning. Encourage your mentees to ask questions, explore new ideas, and seek out new experiences. This helps them stay engaged and motivated in their work.

5. Shift from a Persona to a Personality

As a manager you have to show a tough surface, but as a good mentor you must demonstrate the behaviors and attitudes you want to see in your mentees. This means being open to feedback, admitting when you don’t have all the answers, and showing a willingness to learn and grow alongside your mentees.

Here is your checklist and it requires you to put in the work. Do not forget to drop a like.

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About Sibusiso Nkosi

Seasoned Executive. Board Member. Certified Life Coach (Specializing in Career Coaching).

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