How Can I Be Mentored Well?

Great mentees show up, follow up and honor their commitments.

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In this backstage video from Leadercast Women 2018, Marilyn Tam—leadership consultant, author, and former executive at Aveda, Nike and Reebok—describes the starting point of mentoring: being the mentee. 

“The first side of mentoring is being the mentee and a lot of people don't think about that,” says Marilyn. She shares that great mentees put effort into being someone their mentors want to lead. “You’re following up, you’re showing up, you’re improving, you're honoring your commitments, and you’re actually enthusiastic and honoring of everything that you're doing together.”

Watch the video to learn more from Marilyn about how to be mentored well.

You're looking for somebody who can give you tools, and inspire you, and coach you to be better than who you are at the moment, but there's potential in you because nobody can pull something out of you that's not there. You have the potential in yourself.

The first side of mentoring is being the mentee and a lot of people don't think about that. The first thing is, are you listening? Are you doing what they're telling you to do? Are you honoring your commitment to them? If you asked what 15 minutes or half an hour, is it 15 minutes or half an hour or are you're taking an hour? Are you giving them reward by being the mentee they want, meaning: you’re following up, you’re showing up, you’re improving, you're honoring your commitments, and you’re actually enthusiastic and honoring of everything that you're doing together.

I would like for more people to ask me some more self-reflective questions because most people come and they want something from the other person. They never go back and think to themselves, "How can I be better?" Before they go off and run up to the next person and say, "Help me." Ask themselves first before they ask the question, "What is it that I really want so that I can focus on getting the answer to the right question?"

Marilyn Tam

Marilyn grew up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong, and left home as a teen to come to America alone. Following her life mission, she achieved international business and humanitarian success. She now helps people and organi...

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