I have to make a confession – I really love those old episodes of Batman. The ones with Adam West as the Caped Crusader. Kitsch, colourful and comical.
Imagine, like Commissioner Gordon and Chief O’Hara, you’re faced with a leadership challenge; one you know that you need help to tackle. Do you pretend that everything’s OK? Do you let your pride stop you from asking for help? Or do you reach for the Bat Phone and ask for some support from outside?
Being a leader can be a lonely place at times. And although self reliance is an important trait, it doesn’t mean that you can’t ask for support. Real strength is knowing when to reach out to others
So if you’re thinking of using the Bat Phone and asking a mentor to help you, here are three things to remember:
Make sure you meet or speak with prospective mentors before making any selections. It’s really important that there is compatibility between mentor and mentee. After all, if your mentor irritates you by just looking at you, things aren’t going to progress very well.
Think about what it is you’re trying to achieve by having a mentor and share it with them. If you don’t exactly know but just know that you need some support, that’s fine. Any good mentor will help you find and clarify what you want to achieve.
A mentor is there to challenge and support you but ultimately, you have to commit to, and take responsibility for, making any changes. Your mentor will have tools to help you but they won’t have a magic wand.
Good luck with finding the right mentor for you. I’m off to make a cuppa and see if there’s any Batman on!