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Find A Mentor

As an emerging or future addictions leader, you will need guidance throughout your journey. A mentor can teach, guide, coach, and nurture you while traveling down your career path.

Seven Tips to Finding a Mentor Who is Right for You13

  1. Know yourself: Consciously think about where you are in your career and where you want it headed. Honestly assess your personality type and which other personality types complement your style. Consider your strengths and weaknesses and define how a mentor might guide you through your growth.

  2. Be proactive: In some cases, mentoring relationships form naturally, but don’t count on it happening that way. Develop a deliberate course of action to find a mentor and a course which can include all of the ensuing tips.

  3. Ask for referrals: As with any search process, tap into your friend and colleague networks to expand your reach. When requesting referrals, be clear about what you are looking for and why.

  4. Keep an open mind regarding who this person might be: A mentor is someone who will help you grow in the area(s) most important to you. This person is not necessarily your supervisor, anyone with a high-ranking title or even in the same business. Look for someone who exemplifies the traits and skills that you want to adopt.

  5. Identify where you may find a suitable mentor: Good sources of mentors include your management team, industry associations, online communities, your clergy and/or congregation and professors. (Note: Some personal coaches advise against choosing your supervisor as a mentor because of a possible conflict of interest.)

  6. Know what you want to achieve from the relationship: A clear understanding of your purpose and desired result will ensure you finding a suitable mentor, and that both of you find value in the relationship. This clarity also eliminates any future confusion regarding roles and expectations.

  7. Think about people who have been your mentors in the past: Whether deliberately or not, each of us has had mentors in our lives. Think about the people who have mentored you and the qualities you appreciated most about them. Use these traits as barometers to finding a new mentor.

Learn more about protégé responsibilities and building a mentor relationship

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