Being a mentor can be extremely rewarding and satisfying. However it can also be very time-consuming and demanding. In an article entitled, The Right Way to Be a Mentor, Demetriouse Russell, Director of Corporate Relations and Market Development for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs, shares practical tips to manage the ups and downs of mentoring.
A mentor himself, Russell understands what being a mentor is all about. So on the one hand, he points out how mentors can avoid feeling drained by mentoring. And on the other, he helps mentors understand how mentoring rejuvenates one’s career.
Here is a short summary of Russell’s tips:
- Find mentees with a sense of mission, because you can’t help everyone.
- Ensure your mentees are paying it forward by utilizing your support constructively, being professional, and making progress.
- Don’t get burned out. Don’t lose sight of your own family or career while trying to help as a mentor.
- Recognize the rewards. Understand that mentoring improves your network, expands your sphere of influence and fuels your creativity.