Last month, we discussed identifying your strengths and weaknesses before launching a mentoring relationship. Now that you have prioritized that list and identified a purpose and outcomes for the relationship, it is time to find a mentor.
A mentor should be one of your strongest relationships; therefore, the best way to get started is by looking at your current circle of influence. Do you know anyone that possesses the strengths you need to develop? If so, ask them if they would consider being your mentor. Describe to the person why you value their guidance. Most people will be honored by the request. Explain to them the purpose and outcome you would like to achieve.
If you do not know a potential mentor, there are many other resources available to develop relationships. The key is to expand your social network which can be done by getting involved with the community. Many community organizations serve different age groups, so find what best fits your needs. A few organizations include: Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Kiwanis Club, Lion’s Club, Civitans, besides various school and college clubs.
Successful women are involved in the community around them because developing relationships is a powerful key to success. Each person has different strengths and weaknesses. As a woman, the growth of your strengths will be directly impacted by the people connected with you.
This month, identify three places where you can search for a mentor and get involved. Make a connection with someone you want to have as a mentor and ask if they are up to the task. Next month, you will develop a plan to build the relationship with your mentor.
Read more about Mentorship at http://www.nationalcybersecurityinstitute.org/women-in-cyber-security/mentors-what-are-they-good-for/
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Pamela Shortt has a passion for helping people reach their potential. As the Dean of Business & Information Technologies at Forsyth Technical Community College, Ms. Shortt believes any challenge can be overcome with dedication, hard work, and a vision for the future.