The Five Types of Mentors You Need

MentorsWhen we talk about mentorship in the workplace, we often focus on finding one person who can help to guide us through the challenges we will face at work. It might be better to think about the set of people you need to have around you to help you succeed.

With that in mind, here are a few people who should be part of your mentoring team.

The Coach

There are times when you need someone to help you think through difficult problems. A good coach doesn?t solve your problems for you. The coach listens to what you say, and asks you questions to help you dig through what might be causing those problems. Coaches can suggest strategies for solving problems you might not have considered, but in the end you are the one that has to implement them and (eventually) internalize those strategies to be used in the future.

A good coach can also suggest perspectives on a problem you haven?t thought about. By broadening your horizons, a good coach makes you better at what you do in the future.

The Star

Find people who have the career that you want. Spend time with them. Get to know how they operate, what they think about, how they prepare for big events. Stars often want to give you lots of advice. Listen to the advice, but take it with a grain of salt.

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