Tuesday, April 23, 2013

3 Things Every Mentor Should Teach His Mentee

My first true mentor was a man by the name of Lynn Drury. He was my first manager at Total System Services, Inc. (now TSYS). I wrote about him in my first book, Stand Tall: Essays on Life and Servant Leadership. I entitled the chapter, The Mentor. Lynn taught me a lot.

Everyone deserves a good mentor--someone to help you manuever through the organization. The following are three things every mentor should teach his mentee:

1.  Simplicity. The little things are important. The fundamentals in any endeavor come first. “Yard by yard life is hard, but inch by inch, it’s a cinch,” says the Reverend Dr. Robert Schuller.

2.  Become a Lifelong Learner.  Knowledge is power and if used for good, it can change the world. A good leader understands the value of information and instruction. As the Chinese Proverb says, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”

3.  Discretion. When you have been entrusted with confidential information, it is best to keep it to yourself. It is not for public broadcast. Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable,” said the French poet, Jean de la Fontaine.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you do not have a copy of my book, Stand Tall: Essays on Life and Servant Leadership and you would like to read The Mentor, be the first person to email me at sl@pilink.org at 10:30 a.m. (EASTERN), and I will send you a copy.

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