As I am reflecting on my present and past mentors I have recognized some common threads that connect them all. I thought I would share some of them with everyone. Maybe you would add in some common threads from your mentors past and present that I may have left out here.
They knew what they wanted to do. It is hard to get others to do what you want if you don’t know what you want.
They are humble. They counted things in life more of an opportunity given to them rather than a privilege owed to them.
They are clear with people on what to do, not how to do it. They encouraged people to think, innovate, and be creative. They always had ways to create in people to be thinkers, problem solvers. The truly taught how to fish and not just give a fish.
They led by example. They pushed people hard. They demanded a lot of them. But no one would ever worked harder than they did.
They demand excellence, not perfection. They expected you to work as hard as they did and to be as committed to the goal. They wouldn’t expect you to do as much or as well as they did, just that you do as much and as well as you could.
They did their homework. Before starting a new challenge, they always tried to find out what others had tried that had succeeded or failed. They examined their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities . They gave themselves the best chance of winning by learning as much as they could at the beginning. They were always learning and always thinking.
They took care of their team. They knew everyone who worked for them as an individual. They would know their strengths and weaknesses, their aspirations, their fears. They always took the criticism from outside the group, but let each of them take the praise for what they contributed.
They had character. They were honest, truthful and dependable. When they would give their word, you always knew you could count on it. They wouldn’t cheat. They wouldn’t try to find the easy way out of a tough situation. They stood strong on principles. They were not inflexible, but there simply were limits that they wouldn’t cross.
I want to say thanks to all my mentors past and present for setting such great examples while pouring into my life the way each of you have. It challenges me to live the same way with those that I get to coach.