Mentoring has been around for thousands of years. Mentor Coaching is the latest form of this powerful guidance system.
If you study great individuals throughout history you’ll discover they, at one time, served as an apprentice. This apprenticeship usually lasted for years during which time they served as assistants to a master. These masters had them sweep floors, run errands, and do the “dirty work.”
In exchange, the masters would eventually share their secrets, their sources, and their contacts. In the process the dedicated apprentice learned to think like they thought, do what they did, and get the same masterful results.
In 1500 BC the King of Ithica, Odysseus, needed someone to look after his son, Telemachus, while he was fighting the Trojan War. He entrusted an old friend to take care of the boy and to impart his wisdom, values, and learnings. This wise and trusted counselor was named Mentor.
Every successful person has a mentor. Most likely they have had several mentors.
Mentors share knowledge and experience that is hard for beginners to grasp on their own. Formidable learning comes easier and faster with a mentor guiding the process.
Just think of the last time you spent hours trying to figure out a challenge with your computer. Then someone came along and – in two seconds – showed you how to solve your dilemma. This is similar to the value of a Mentor Coach except with mentoring the objectives are much larger and the results more fantastic.
Like other forms of coaching, mentoring is about listening without judgment and questioning for clarification, and challenging for results. The safer and calmer the environment, the better the outcomes.
If an aspiring writer wanted to become a best-selling author the shortest route would be to hire a Mentor Coach with several best-selling books to their credit. A struggling, new attorney might work with a retired Senior Partner from a prestigious law firm. An aspiring speaker and trainer would become the protégé of a nationally recognized professional speaker.
Here’s something else to consider: An up-and-coming Life Coach would do well to engage a Mentor Coach who specializes in working with new coaches. Imagine what a boost that would be.
Mentor Coaching enables the client to take a shortcut without missing the scenery. As a mentor, your protégé will learn valuable life lessons from your mistakes and skip the painful – and often long – recovery period. A mentor provides the wisdom of a lifetime minus the pain of acquiring it.
Without a mentor there is no guide. Individuals without Mentor Coaches are limited to their own knowledge, experience and resources. They might be able to reach the same level of success – eventually – but the amount of time it will take combined with the pain of trial and error will take its toll.
For this reason Mentor Coaches can easily command the highest fees in coaching.
Mentor Coaching Skills
- How to create the ideal environment and to provide opportunities for their protégés to experience “teachable moments” and use new skills.
- How to transfer their knowledge and articulate the critical ideas and relevant points that lead to the desired results.
- How to manage the learning curve and allow protégés to explore the consequences of their potential decisions.
Mentor Coach Traits
- Relatable experience in their chosen field of mentoring.
- A burning passion to share their wisdom but not give advice.
- Confidence and self-esteem to give the best of themselves.
Lastly, the best Mentor Coaches are those who are protégés at the same time. Having your own mentor enhances all the relationships in your life.
At Coach Training Alliance, we’ll help you explore the full potential of mentoring. Our world class Mentor Coaches will teach you to model the value of partnership with your mentee and provide you with not only the coaching, but also the business development and marketing skills to lead to a powerful practice, leveraged in coaching.
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