Working with several sectors this week brought to my attention a reality that is unfortunately still present. It’s great to see organisations recognise the importance of ongoing learning and how it can benefit their staff both personally and professionally. Learning goes beyond just ticking a box process. It is about a new way of thinking, being, doing, and relating.
Allocating mentors is also a positive step, but it is disappointing to hear that some mentoring processes are based on non-contemporary, non-motivational, and or non-collaborative approaches to leadership, such as siloed, ego-driven approaches, competition at the cost of others, and non-inclusive mentalities, which are now no longer the norm. What was once considered right is now the new wrong.
Quality mentors understand the power of effective relationships, contemporary motivation, and collaboration. They prioritise growing people by honouring their dignity and that of others. Training is critical, and the art of questioning and listening is essential. Mentoring is about doing something other than as I did or as I say. Mentoring is about walking the journey with people and asking them open-ended questions to empower them to find solutions to their challenges rather than providing answers.
So, please if you are in a leadership position, I urge you to reflect upon the mentoring program you have in your workplace and the quality of its mentors. Let’s focus on the new right and not on the old wrong.