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Mentoring Lesson #3: Knowing Your Values

Based on the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, this is the third in the series of mentoring lessons outlining important topics to consider when approaching a mentoring relationship.  The full transcript of the book can be found on Amazon.  The lessons are intended to help the reader approach mentoring relationships with better perspective and can also be useful to the mentor in guiding the relationship and discussion for their mentee or protégé.

What are your values?

Determining your values is an important aspect to approaching mentoring relationships because shared values are usually an important component to a long-lasting bond.  If you are anything like I was, then you know when something goes against your core values, but perhaps have not taken the time to list what those values are.

An easy way to determine your values is through an exercise I was taught many years ago called the “Hero exercise”.  The hero exercise asks the participants to think of their hero.  This person could be alive or dead, someone they have close relations with, or someone they admire from afar.  Once that person has been identified, participants are asked to identify all of the characteristics of that person by jotting them down in a quick, brainstorming fashion.  Once that list is complete, participants are then told these characteristics are what make up their core values.

Prior to approaching a mentoring relationship, it is critical to spend some time determining your core values, to determine the best mentor for you.

Here are some questions to consider to get you started:

  • Who is your hero?
  • What are the characteristics you most admire about your hero?

By better understanding your core values, you will be taking the first step in determining the type of mentor you would work well with in the long-term.

At Diverse Talent Strategies, we offer mentoring programs and resources for both individuals and companies.  To learn, more, contact us today.

Alison Martin

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Alison Martin-Books is the Managing Director of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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