How To Mentor Someone For Leadership

How To Mentor Someone For Leadership

Omer Usanmaz, the CEO of Qooper mentoring software, gives some clear points about mentoring a person to make him/her a better and more successful leader; he says,

“Mentoring someone for leadership is about equipping them with the skills and knowledge to lead in their respective field. That includes teaching them how to think critically, communicate effectively, manage their time, collaborate with others, solve problems, and make decisions. Additionally, it involves providing guidance and support in areas such as goal setting and providing feedback.

As a mentor, you should provide relevant feedback that is tailored to the individual’s unique traits and abilities. This includes helping them set realistic goals and providing encouragement and affirmation when needed. You should also help them develop their self-awareness and insight into their strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, it is important to have meaningful conversations about the challenges and successes they are facing and help them create effective strategies for navigating difficult contexts.” 

How To Mentor Someone For Leadership

In this regard, Kamyar K.S., the CEO of World Consulting Group, says that 

“As a company grows, it should constantly seek out new leadership, but it’s crucial to understand that new leaders do not simply appear out of nowhere. A new leader must be nurtured and mentored in order to reach their full potential. When mentoring a budding leader, I use a strategy centered around connecting and committing to the mentorship of a budding leader.

The basis of every relationship, personal and professional, is trust. If your mentee doesn’t feel you’re being authentic, they will likely not trust you nor heed the advice you share. You must, as a mentor, create an environment of safety and authenticity in order to establish a strong, trusting bond.

Not only does this connect you to your mentee, but it also helps you essentially hone in on your mentee’s strengths, weaknesses, and ambitions. These identifiable traits, if nurtured correctly, can help your mentee reach their full leadership potential and become an influential leader for the company.”

Does Mentoring For Leadership Skills Demand Professional Mentors

According to Eleanor Fletcher, the CEO and Founder of The Best Brisbane, “A mentor is a reliable counselor who can provide guidance and support as needed. The goal of mentoring is to help the person receiving your guidance—often referred to as the mentee—achieve their goals and dreams.

The relationship may be casual or formal, but it is always one of professionalism. The rules could change as both people grow and learn.” 

She further suggests the four approaches that a professional mentor uses instead of those who are novices in this field. Eleanor Fletcher says,

“Ask about your professional aspirations.

Traditional mentoring is fundamentally about an experienced professional assisting a mentee’s professional and personal development. As a result, it ought to put the mentee’s needs first. Simply asking them is an excellent method for a mentor to determine the essential requirements.

Learn more about them by getting to know them better and asking them about their professional aspirations, areas of improvement, desired connections, and preferred feedback methods. Your mentoring will be guided by their responses in order to best aid them in their development and advancement. Help them transform their career aspirations into time-bound, quantifiable goals.

Show sincere concern for the mentee.

Even though it’s crucial to comprehend a mentee’s position and professional objectives, it might be challenging to build a good relationship with someone you don’t know well. For this reason, mentors should take the time to get to know their mentees better at the start of the relationship.

Making assumptions throughout the mentoring relationship becomes easier with more knowledge of the mentee. Instead, mentors and mentees can learn more from the responses by asking specific questions. Thus, this will help the mentor and mentee communicate effectively with one another.”

The capacity to instruct each student individually

To be a successful mentor, one must possess leadership skills and the ability to tailor their approach to the individual being mentored. The ability to read and understand others is crucial in determining the effectiveness of the teaching strategy and making adjustments as needed.

Socratic approach

According to Eleanor Fletcher, “the Socratic method of conversation aims to persuade a participant to reach the conclusion you want them to reach by asking them questions. Even if you’re still directing the conversation’s general direction, using the Socratic method prevents individuals from feeling as though you’re lecturing them and instructing them on what to do. It is a common strategy used by street activists who want to convince people to support their cause since it works so well. They use it because it’s effective and might also be effective for your mentoring.”

Strategies That Mentors Should Apply To Mentor Someone For Leadership

Deepika Adhikari, Consultant at Thenaturehero, shared the top 10 strategies that should be part of every mentor’s mentoring program so that a team would get a better leader. She says:

“Mentoring programs are considered the most effective way to develop leadership skills and knowledge. A good mentor will typically use a combination of strategies to help their mentee become a successful Leader; including providing guidance and advice, setting goals, and providing opportunities for hands-on learning and practice. Some key strategies that mentors may use include:

Providing feedback: 

An effective mentor can give their mentee constructive criticism of their performance, strengths, and faults. The mentee can use this to understand better how others see them and pinpoint areas where they can grow.

Offering guidance and advice:

A mentor should be able to provide direction and counsel on various subjects; such as how to get around the company, get along with various types of people, and hone critical leadership abilities.

Setting goals: 

According to Deepika, a mentor should work with their mentee to establish specific; quantifiable goals that will aid in developing the mentee’s leadership abilities and professional advancement.

Giving opportunities for practical experience and training: 

Through mentored projects or work shadowing, a mentor should provide their mentee the opportunity to exercise and enhance their leadership abilities in a practical situation.

Building a Strong mentor-mentee relationship:

A solid connection between the mentor and mentee is essential for the mentee to feel comfortable; and willing to express their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. As a result, the mentor can better comprehend the mentee’s personal and professional objectives and offer customized advice.

Encouraging Self-reflection:

A mentor should inspire their mentee to consider their own life, feelings, and actions. And this can aid the mentee in better understanding their thought patterns, prejudices, and leadership techniques.


The traits and abilities a mentor wants to see in their mentee should be modeled. Thus it can make it clearer to the mentee how to put the advice and direction into practice.

Challenging the Mentee:

A mentor should push their mentee beyond their comfort zone and take on new duties and endeavors. The mentee may gain confidence and leadership abilities as a result.

Supporting the Mentee:

A mentor should encourage and support a mentee with difficulties or failures. Thus this can boost the mentee’s persistence in their leadership development efforts and keep them motivated.

Celebrating Success:

The mentor should acknowledge the accomplishments and victories of the mentee. It can encourage and boost the mentee’s confidence as they work to advance their leadership abilities.

It’s important to note that, ultimately, the success of a mentoring program depends on the quality of the relationship between the mentor and mentee and the mentee’s willingness to actively engage with the process and take ownership of their development.”

Scott, the Head of HR at Scalable Media (SaaS SEO Agency) and a consultant at WP-Astra with more than 10 years of experience, shared how his mentors get benefitted from his mentoring skills. 

He says, “One of the mentees I mentored, who is now a successful leader; credited me for helping him to develop his self-awareness and understand the importance of setting clear goals. He also mentioned that I helped him to build a strong network of contacts; and provided him with guidance and support throughout his journey.

Another mentee, who is now an entrepreneur; said that my mentorship helped him develop a strong self-awareness; which enabled him to understand his strengths and weaknesses and how they impact others. He also said that I helped him to develop a clear vision for his business; and to create a plan to achieve his goals.”


Hassan Bawab, the CEO of Magic Logix, says, “Mentoring someone for leadership is a rewarding experience that can positively impact both the mentor and mentee. As a mentor, providing guidance, support, and constructive feedback is important to help mentees grow and develop their leadership skills. Also, fostering open communication and creating a safe, trust-based relationship is key to successful mentoring. Remember to lead by example and to be patient, as leadership development takes time. Overall, it is an honor to be a mentor and to have the opportunity to shape future leaders in our community.”

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