Leadership is an opportunity to give back, and mentoring is the best way to build future leaders. Mentoring allows leaders to pass on their knowledge, which benefits both those being mentored and the organization.

Mentoring is an opportunity that should not be taken lightly. It is a way forward in achieving the dreams and goals for both individuals and the organization.

Here are four tips to help make mentoring matter.


Mentoring is not just sitting across the desk and tossing out advice. Both mentor and mentee have a real stake in its outcome. Both mentor and mentee should seek out each other. The mentor should be someone that can be trusted. The mentee should use the advice given constructively.

Each side should set up rules that both can follow. Do not be afraid to ask questions. This is the best way for each side to contribute and to get the most out of this alliance.


Leadership can be a tricky road to follow. As a leader who mentors in their organization, it is important to remember to use your position wisely. Be humble and value whom you will advise both as a mentor, and as a leader.

Be a good listener and ask good questions. John Maxwell, a leadership expert, advocates, "If you want to become a better leader, you must become a better listener.


Grow whom you mentor for the next level. This is an opportunity for not only you but also your organization. John Maxwell cites, "Everything falls and rises on leadership". How you use your influence will make or break from forming teams, as well as growing the organization.

Influence is a powerful tool. If used wisely can be of great value to all. In addition, how you use your position, can make, or break how you will ultimately mentor. Influence helps you to connect and add value to others. Jackie Robinson points out, "A life isn't significant except for its impact upon other lives".


Be positive in all your interactions throughout the organization. A positive environment will foster a great attitude. This positive influence will be of great value when mentoring. This is the best way to be an effective leader.

Effectiveness is a tool the will enable you to face challenges that come with mentoring. You can also be an inspiration and this will help to motive others within the organization.