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The 5 types of mentors you need in your life

The 5 types of mentors you need in your life
Everyone can use a mentor. Scratch that - as it turns out, we could all use five mentors. "The best mentors can help us define and express our inner calling," says Anthony Tjan, CEO of Boston venture capital firm Cue Ball Group and author of Good People .


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... is not about negotiating with someone to teach you, but a two-way street. It takes time to build that connection needed to be able to teach and learn.



Mentor #1: The Master of Craft

They are like actual Jedi masters who possess wisdom acquired from experiences.

Turn to this person when you need advice about launching a new initiative or brainstorming where you should work next


Mentor #2: The Champion of Your Cause

Mentor #2: The Champion of Your Cause

They could not just be your personal mentor but could also be your link to other useful people in the industry.


Mentor #3: The Copilot

Mentors are not just someone you look up to, but someone who could be by your side supporting and advising you. It's more than just a mentor-mentee relationship, because both of you are committed to assist and collaborate with each other.


Mentor #4: The Anchor

In life, it is just natural to encounter problems and this is where the anchor goes in. This mentor serves as a support especially during challenging times.


Mentor #5: The Reverse Mentor

As a mentor, you do not only teach, but you also learn from your mentees, from their experiences and improve your own leadership style. 



What Makes a Good Mentor

  • Sincere and have the desire to develop and help others even without any price.
  • Prepared to commit time and energy to the mentoring relationship.
  • Have the relev...

What Makes a Good Mentee

  • He's committed to expanding capabilities and focused on achieving professional results.
  • Clear about their career goals, needs, and wants.
  • Willing to ask for help.
  • Able to seek and accept positive or negative feedback.
  • Personally responsible and accountable.
  • Ready, willing, and able to meet on a regular basis.

The Mentoring Relationship

To develop a successful mentoring relationships:

  • Design the Alliance. Both parties must have an agreement on the contact and response times, meetings, confidentiality, focus, feedback, and goals and accountability.
  • Get to Know Each Other. It is important to have a strong relationship and trust before focusing on the problem.
  • Set the Agenda. Be clear on the purpose and goals of the program.
  • Reflect and Evaluate. Know if there is a progress or development gained from the mentoring every few meetings.
  • Closeout. Before parting ways, have a closure with each other. Reflect and appreciate what both parties have learned and gained from the experience.

Types Of Mentors: The Coach

Types Of Mentors: The Coach

At times, we need someone to help us think through difficult problems.

A good coach doesn't solve your problems. They listen to what you say and ask questions to uncover the cause of th...

Types Of Mentors: The Star

Find people who have the career you desire. Spend time with them and get to know how they operate, what they think about, how they prepare for events.

Listen to their advice, but keep in mind that successful people often miss large parts of what really helped them to succeed. So, don't try to ask for a winning recipe. Instead, watch what they do.

Types Of Mentors: The Connector

It is who you know in life that helps you move forward.

To ensure you build up your own list of contacts, find people around you who know everyone and ask them to help you with introductions.

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A Good Mentee

A Good Mentee

Having the right mentor or ‘Guru’ in our life can change one's entire trajectory. It’s common to see people labelled as good mentors, but rare for anyone to make themselves into good mentees.

Characteristics Of Mentorability

  1. Valuing the most precious resource being provided by the mentor: Time.
  2. Being clear about one’s expectations and objectives, so that the most suitable and effective guidance is provided.
  3. Being open to input, advice, criticism and feedback, ready to hear things you wouldn’t normally want to hear.
  4. Expressing Gratitude.
  5. Self-assessing yourself as a good mentee, committing to the partnership.
  6. Expecting the unexpected, and learning from it.