Mentorship is a universal language that has helped guide some of the world’s most impactful CEOs, artists and humanitarians.
The late former Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs was a known mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Celebrated author and poet Maya Angelou was a major influence on entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey’s career. Even Mother Teresa credits a mentor for helping guide her life’s mission and impact.
- Be open to the vibe you get from people you meet. A good rapport is necessary for good mentorship and menteeship.
- Be willing to take and give criticism. A good mentor knows how to give constructive criticism, and a good mentee knows how to take it.
- Be two-way in your conversation. A good mentor does not just talk about herself; and a good mentee doesn’t expect to be always at the center of interest.
- Be able to disagree. Not everything you say as a mentor needs to be adopted. As a mentee, know that not all advice is good advice and that it’s healthy to sometimes disagree.
- Be grateful. Recognize that it takes time and effort to mentor; it takes a willingness to be vulnerable to be a mentee. The best gifts you can give to the other are gratitude and respect.
Want to learn more about what mentoring is?
Pennoni Honors College invites you to join a panel discussion series, “P2: The Value of Mentorship,” Thursday, Nov. 10 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Paul Peck Alumni Center.
This panel discussion will look at what mentoring is, mentoring at different stages of your career, mentoring as a mutually beneficial partnership, and how mentorship differs from advocacy and sponsorship.
The panel will include Valerie Graves, a creative director of such Fortune 500 accounts such as Ford, General Motors, AT&T, Burger King, General Foods, and Pepsi. Graves was one of the first black copywriters at the renowned ad/marketing agencies BBDO, Kenyon & Eckhardt, and JWT and went on to serve as chief creative offer at the UniWorld and Vigilante/Leo Burnett agencies as well senior vice president of creative services at Motown Records.
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