You add value by yourself. You multiply value by mentoring.
I heard someone say, “When you mentor someone, you make them like yourself.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Steven Spielberg wisely observed, “Mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”
The easy part
Passing your skills to others is the easy part. For example, you can explain the importance of eye contact for public speakers. You can explain the three count rule. Effective eye contact isn’t quickly bouncing from person to person. Its establishing contact long enough to connect but not so long as to make others uncomfortable. The three-count is about right.
Telling people what to do is easy.
The first issue
Grow your influence by focusing on what they want to do, not what you want them to do.
The hard parts
Thinking big is the hard part. Great mentors provide ladders that lift others beyond their current self-perceptions and self-imposed limits. Thinking big may be the hardest part.
Furthermore, it’s easy to think you’re clear when you aren’t. If you can’t explain the end result in clear, measurable terms you aren’t clear yet. If you can’t explain the behaviors that lead to desired outcomes you won’t get there.
In addition, follow-up and follow-through are hard parts. Beginnings are necessary. However, it’s more difficult to finish than it is to begin. Beginnings are typically filled with hope and enthusiasm. Finishing takes persistence and endurance.
Timelines, incremental milestones, and accountability enable follow-up and follow-through.
What are the core mentoring skills?
What are the core mentoring challenges?