“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you”
The best mentors create leaders and not followers. They do everything to imprint their goodness onto others in ways that make others fuller versions of themselves. Many people ask us as to how do we choose our mentors and what characteristics we really value in our mentors. All our mentors come from the best of institutes and, we see a lot of similarity in our mentors. Our mentors follow some common basic principles as elaborated below:
- It is not just a transaction for us; it is a relationship building exercise
Many a times, mentorship gets reduced into a “check the box” procedure instead of something authentic and relationship-based. For real mentorship to succeed there needs to be baseline chemistry between a mentor and a mentee. Studies show that even the best-designed mentoring programs are no substitute for a genuine, intercollegial relationship between mentor and mentee. All this is to say that mentoring requires rapport. Our mentors understand this very well and thus bring out the best in the candidates they interact with. This propels people to break from their formal roles and titles and find common ground as people.
- Focus on character along with competency
Acquiring job skills while getting mentored is the prime objectives, however, we do not stop there. Obviously, one element of mentorship involves mastering the necessary competencies for a given position. But the best mentors go beyond competency, focusing on helping to shape other people’s character, values, self-awareness, empathy, and capacity for respect. They know in the long run that there is a hard truth about soft matters and that these values-based qualities matter a lot more than skill enhancement. There are many ways to mentor people around these values and to build greater self-awareness.
- Shout loudly with your optimism and keep quiet with your cynicism
Some candidates come to us with some off-the-wall ideas or seemingly unrealistic ambitions. Our mentors understand that the candidate’s expectations need to be made more realistic, however, we also understand that mentors need to be givers of energy, not takers of it. The candidate receives all the feedback that is necessary for a long term course correction, however, it is communicated in a way that never discourages the candidate from trying new things or charting uncharted territories.
At the highest level, mentorship is all about bringing out the best in the mentee. Our pool of diverse mentors coming from the best of pedagogy and companies, ensure that all candidates have a great experience. Our mentors truly believe in GoCrackIt’s motto : “Your Career, Our Mission”.