Managers Are Mentors

Are you a Manager, Executive, or Leader in your workplace?

If so, Congratulations!

Question: How did you get there?  

Did you do it alone?  Or did you have some help? 

In all likelihood you had a Mentor, or a few Mentors, that recognized something great in you that you didn’t see in yourself.  

They pointed out your incredible gifts, the strengths you naturally exhibited, the flair for leadership that brings someone from the bottom rung to the top, and eventually to another ladder altogether.  

And now YOU are The Mentor.  

What is your responsibility in this position?  Why were you chosen to this?  

In high school a teacher heard me singing in the hall.  She burst through the choir room door and demanded to know why I wasn’t in the choir.  

“I play basketball, I’m going to be in the NBA”, I said.  

She looked me up and down and said, “You are a SINGER!  Come into my classroom!”  

She made me audition for a choir spot I didn’t care to land.  But in that moment of ambivalence she unleashed potential I never knew I had.  Or at least I hadn’t shared and been told was extraordinary.  

I mean heck, I was just singing a silly rendition of Alvin & The Chipmunks!  She laughed as she said, “That’s not normal.  You have a gift.  What else can you do with your voice?”  

And thus began one of the great mentoring stories of my life shared on stages around the world as a way for any Mentor to reach out to a pupil whom we hear “singing in the halls” (i.e. using talents without realizing they have them) and brought me under her tutelage.  

My gratitude overflows for Mrs. Rosalind Hall.  She recognized my gift, told me I had a gift, taught me to improve and share the gift, gave me a chance to turn it into a strength, and is the reason I have a career.  

Mrs. Rosalind Hall, Life Mentor, Leader of the Choir

So let’s review: 

When was the last time you, as a Leader in your workplace, as a Manager, Executive, Leader and Mentor, did the following with someone on your Team: 

1. Recognize Gifts 

2. Publicly Acknowledge the Gift

3. Teach & Mentor to Improve the Gift 

4. Develop the Gift into a Strength

5. Gave Opportunities to Share the Strength

6. Allow Pupil to Become The Mentor in Your Place 

When we, as Leaders, do those 6 Powerful Steps, the people on our Team become our Family.  

Conversely, when we understand the principles to developing Gifts and Strengths in the Family at Work, it teaches us how to do so with the Family at Home….which gives us the chance to become The Promise Keepers and change both worlds!

How are you Mentoring and keeping The Promise to The Family at Work & Home?  

~ jason hewlett

Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration.  Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys.  He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite.  jasonhewlett.com

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Comments

  1. Kirk

    Jason – what you have written here is so true. I have been the blessed recipient of many mentors throughout my life. Men and women who saw potential in me that I could not or would not see in myself. But they didn’t stop at seeing it, they acted to help it be realized. They did this by encouraging me, teaching me, giving me opportunities, and even by chastising me. These wondeargue mentors changed my life forever. Your article is also a most wonderful invitation to every reader who has experienced being mentored to pay forward that precious gift by mentoring others.

  2. Jason – what you have written here is so true. I have been the blessed recipient of many mentors throughout my life. Men and women who saw potential in me that I could not or would not see in myself. But they didn’t stop at seeing it, they acted to help it be realized. They did this by encouraging me, teaching me, giving me opportunities, and even by chastising me. These wondeargue mentors changed my life forever. Your article is also a most wonderful invitation to every reader who has experienced being mentored to pay forward that precious gift by mentoring others.
    Thankyou jason

    • Jason Hewlett

      Thank you Kirk for reading and commenting. So true that we can do the same for others, thank you for teaching me this through your mentoring.

  3. The amazing this to me about this story is … you play basketball? Where does the talent of Jason Hewlett end?

    Seriously, though. Great piece. Thank you for sharing this story. To me. it’s a reminder to be more like Rosalind and encourage people to develop their best gifts.

    • Jason Hewlett

      You’re funny Dave. Hey man I’m not the one who is a best-selling author that used to be an actual Rock Star 🙂 Thanks for the kind comments and for your mentoring

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