Initially, my only reservation was whether my personality was going to match my mentee’s. I am a certified emotional intelligence mentor, I am aware if personalities do not match well, it can be challenging to drive the mentee to where she needs to go. People are individuals and it takes a little while for you to assess the situation or circumstance before you can understand where your input can be the most valuable. I could not capture my mentee’s vision when we first met and I was tussling with the notion, am I the right mentor and where do I sit and fit in this new relationship?
On our third meeting, I asked my mentee what made her apply to the programme? Her response was, she applied because she lacked confidence. As soon as I heard those words, I instinctively knew where I would sit and fit as her mentor. Business mentoring is not always about the business and setting achievable goals, it is also about the business mindset. It is so important to have a healthy mindset in order to be able to drive a healthy business. Are you in a place where your vision for your business is something that excites you? Are you going to be able to take on constructive criticism to guide you on the right path.