Mentoring skills in a leader will take them far leaving behind them a string of protégés that are deeply interested, connected, and familiar with the skills, operations, and professions of their mentors. A leader who is willing to take the time to be not only a teacher, not only a supervisor, or a manager, but a mentor, will have an audience of students or employees that are far more dedicated than the leader that only has the goal of instruction and education. While both instruction and education are part of mentoring, the addition of a leader who truly cares about the outcome of his or her protégé and truly goes out of his or her own way to ensure the success of the student is not only a leader with a team of followers, but a mentor with a team of devoted people who have vested interest in the success of the business or profession of their mentor.
Through my own personal experience with teachers at MCC I have come to realize the difference between a teacher/leader and a mentor. I have had both kinds of teachers and to tell you the truth the difference is stark and hard to miss. Out of ten of my past professors there is really only one or two that I would consider a mentor. The one that really sticks out to me is my recent English teacher. I have never had a teacher that was so concerned with the outcome of his students and to tell you the truth I never worked harder for a teacher than I did this one and I think I can speak for the most of the class by saying that they hadn’t either.
In my opinion if you choose to become not only a leader but also a mentor you will not only impact those around you for the sake of your profession, but you will also impact their lives. A teacher will soon be forgotten but a mentor will remain in the lives and hearts of his students forever.
What are your thoughts on leadership versus mentorship?