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Read about the top four qualities of a mentor

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Top four qualities of a successful mentor

Experience is the best teacher, and to be successful in any field, aspiring leaders require role models and guidance. Mentorship provides an extraordinary opportunity to facilitate a mentee’s personal and professional growth by sharing the knowledge gained through years of experience by the mentor.

At Auto & General, we consider ourselves as mentors in the insurance industry because of the many millstones we’ve achieved. We enjoy sharing the knowledge we’ve gained in the past 32 years and assisting those who would like to follow in our footsteps and learn from our experiences.

Here are four qualities we believe are essential in any mentoring relationship:

Effective Communication

Being able to clearly communicate the lessons you've learned, the challenges you've experienced, or the strategies or guidance you're offering is essential in the mentoring relationship. One of the pleasures of mentoring is the chance to share one’s own hard-earned experience so that it might be helpful to others coming along a similar path.

Provide Insight

The best mentors make use of their personal experience to help their mentees avoid mistakes and learn from good decisions. By openly sharing your mistakes and failures as a leader in your field, you are in essence providing your mentee with valuable insight into some of the challenges that will arise along their journey to success, and the way you dealt with the situation might also help them gain insight about how to build resilience.

Ongoing Learning

Placing value on ongoing learning and growth in your field as a mentor is necessary for a successful mentoring relationship. Good mentors are committed and are open to new experiences, to experimenting and learning practices that are new to their field. At Auto & General, we strongly believe in equipping our staff with the latest tools they need to stay ahead in the industry.

Be The Inspiration

Mentors support, validate and encourage their mentees. Your experiences can inspire growth in those who see you as a leader.  A mentor does not do it for the money or the glory. Instead, they are driven by the satisfaction of helping others. That is exactly what we live by here at Auto & General; sharing our experiences so that others may follow in our footsteps.

By learning from experience, we at Auto & General are constantly striving for improvement. We have made use of the lessons learnt over the years to refine our product offerings and solutions. Visit our website at www.autogen.co.za or give us a call on 0861 00 12 69 to truly understand what experience looks like, and how our experiences as one of the leading insurance brands in South Africa have shaped us.

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