Are you a Manager, Executive, or Leader in your workplace?
If so, Congratulations!
Question: How did you get there?
Did you do it alone? Or did you have some help?
In all likelihood you had a Mentor, or a few Mentors, that recognized something great in you that you didn’t see in yourself.
They pointed out your incredible gifts, the strengths you naturally exhibited, the flair for leadership that brings someone from the bottom rung to the top, and eventually to another ladder altogether.
And now YOU are The Mentor.
What is your responsibility in this position? Why were you chosen to this?
In high school a teacher heard me singing in the hall. She burst through the choir room door and demanded to know why I wasn’t in the choir.
“I play basketball, I’m going to be in the NBA”, I said.
She looked me up and down and said, “You are a SINGER! Come into my classroom!”
She made me audition for a choir spot I didn’t care to land. But in that moment of ambivalence she unleashed potential I never knew I had. Or at least I hadn’t shared and been told was extraordinary.
I mean heck, I was just singing a silly rendition of Alvin & The Chipmunks! She laughed as she said, “That’s not normal. You have a gift. What else can you do with your voice?”
And thus began one of the great mentoring stories of my life shared on stages around the world as a way for any Mentor to reach out to a pupil whom we hear “singing in the halls” (i.e. using talents without realizing they have them) and brought me under her tutelage.
My gratitude overflows for Mrs. Rosalind Hall. She recognized my gift, told me I had a gift, taught me to improve and share the gift, gave me a chance to turn it into a strength, and is the reason I have a career.
So let’s review:
When was the last time you, as a Leader in your workplace, as a Manager, Executive, Leader and Mentor, did the following with someone on your Team:
1. Recognize Gifts
2. Publicly Acknowledge the Gift
3. Teach & Mentor to Improve the Gift
4. Develop the Gift into a Strength
5. Gave Opportunities to Share the Strength
6. Allow Pupil to Become The Mentor in Your Place
When we, as Leaders, do those 6 Powerful Steps, the people on our Team become our Family.
Conversely, when we understand the principles to developing Gifts and Strengths in the Family at Work, it teaches us how to do so with the Family at Home….which gives us the chance to become The Promise Keepers and change both worlds!
How are you Mentoring and keeping The Promise to The Family at Work & Home?