Someone asked me the other day what makes a good mentor, to which I responded …. um, uh,…. It caught me so off guard and embarrassed that I didn’t have a good answer I got to thinking about it, what does make a good mentor?
I found a best selling book titled Launching a Leadership Revolution and it has a whole leadership chapter on mentorship giving 21 qualities of a good mentor. A mentor:
*Sets the example *Asks questions
*Builds relationships *Affirms
*Builds belief *Builds the dream
*Kills the fear *Gives confidence
*Promotes activity *Reframes challenges
*Instructs through struggles *Encourages
*Spreads Enthusiasm *Teaches the philosophy
*Imparts his thinking *Course corrects/confronts
*Teaches taking responsibility *Holds accountability
*Challenges *Teaches life balance
*Teaches heart change
When someone can find a true mentor in life it can be a powerful tool in growing toward their life vision and purpose. I am thankful through the LIFE Industry to have a mentor that I trust to help me in all 21 areas listed above.
In my love of movies I began thinking of a top film that portrayed mentorship covering all mentor/mente qualities Orrin Woodward highlighted in his book. Rocky/Mickey in Rocky, Mr. Miyagi/Daniel in Karate Kid both pretty good ones. The one movie that I think shows the best example of mentorship is The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Throughout the movie Will Smith is a great mentor to Junior. I believe this short clip shows an example of hitting all 21 qualities.
“Play the game, your game, the one that only you was meant to play. The one that was given to you when you come into this world”
Like a great mentor, in the movie Will Smith is very vocal/visual when Junior needed him, and at the touching end walking away, no longer needed, as the mente enjoys the victory he rightfully earned. Mentorship is a gift to give and when given properly, it can have the ripple affect to last generations.
Enjoy the journey, Steve Leurquin