Becoming a Mentor - Best Practices
Mentoring young professionals can be the key to long-term professional success. Imagine the golf industry without the young men and women we rely on every day. If you are one of these young people, thank you for joining us in the wonderful fraternity of Golf Professionals. If you are like me, a little more seasoned, reach out to these folks and impart your wisdom and experience.
Take a young impressionable staff member and work with them on their golf game, take an interest in their life away from work, work with them in whatever capacity they need – personal or professional. These folks come to the job eager and willing, but without many past experiences. As a result, the staffs they work with will make a huge impression on them and form a large part of their working relationships in the future.
Essential attributes of a successful mentor include: the desire and readiness to work with a younger generation, good listening skills and a positive attitude, willingness to share your experience and knowledge, and patience and understanding. A sense of humor is always helpful as well.
Some of the benefits of a mentoring relationship can be: personal growth on behalf of both parties, greater self-esteem, an understanding of a different points of view, productivity gains, enhanced relationships in all aspects.
Remember it is as rewarding to be a mentor as it is for those being mentored.
DO FOR OTHERS, LIFT YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS UP, BE THERE FOR THEM