As a leader, you understand the importance of motivating your team to succeed. You also understand the importance of mentoring. Mentors helped you get where you are today, and you likely want to give back to others in the same way. But is there a link between motivating and mentoring? Or are the two concepts islands unto themselves?
Motivating and Leadership
There are endless ways to define leadership but in general, it is considered a means of influencing people by providing direction and motivation while operating to accomplish goals and improve the organization. Successful Leadership is about motivating people to do their best work, and keeping everyone pulling in the direction of the ultimate goal.
Mentoring and Leadership
Mentoring is typically defined as a voluntary developmental relationship built on mutual respect between two professionals, one with more experience and knowledge than the other. Mentoring differs from traditional motivational leadership in that it is about developing the leaders of the future. As a mentor, you invest a lot of time and energy into helping your mentee grow as a professional and achieve their goals.
The Relationship Between Mentoring and Motivational Leadership
You can see how motivational leadership and mentoring are two very different concepts, but they are tied together and the relationship between the two can be strengthened to improve your team and your organization.
While motivational leadership is applied to the group, mentoring is something you do with specific high-potential employees. Mentoring those high-potential employees is critical for the future of both your team and the business. It helps keep those talented individuals engaged in their work and ensures that you’re building a deep bench of future leaders.
While you can’t be expected to take the time to mentor every single one of your employees, you can mentor a few. As you build relationships with those people and teach them how to tap into their own motivational leadership skills, they can apply those concepts to their interactions and projects with their colleagues. Soon, you’ll begin to see more “natural” motivation among the group and a more cohesive team will result. Over time, the trust, respect and the skills that develop through mentoring relationships will flow over into their own motivational leadership approach.
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