In 2003, I found myself barely thirty and running an arts organization that was five years older than me. I had interned at this organization just ten years prior as a first year in college. While the circumstances around my experiences were unique in that Linda Mabalot, my mentor and the executive director of the organization of 17 years, passed away suddenly, forcing the organization into transition and change, the lessons that I learned from our relationship are worth sharing.
Here are the five things that Linda taught me about mentoring emerging leaders.
•Is about sharing a passion. In searching for a mentor, finding one that you share a passion with is key. The rest will come organically from there.
•Is not a scheduled weekly or monthly meeting. Linda was always available for me to ask questions, share ideas and strategize together. If a mentorship is really working, it could be a lifelong relationship.
•Is a two way street. This is an opportunity for both the mentor and the mentee to learn from each other. Linda and I shared a truly give and take relationship.Read More