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Mentoring Lesson #4: Having Courage

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Based on the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, this is the fourth 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.

Having Courage

What comes to mind when you think of the word courage?  Courage simply means moving in the direction of your fears.  Courage means taking actionable steps toward your goals.  It may mean having a fierce conversation, walking away from someone or something, or taking an important first step.  Courageous action can be inspired by really understanding your fears and determining where those fears are coming from.

Often, self-limiting beliefs and fear of failure can hold us back and having courage to take necessary steps can be scary.  Fear of the unknown can have a way of paralyzing us from taking the necessary actions.  The first step in overcoming these fears is identifying them.

Prior to approaching a mentoring relationship, it is critical to spend some time determining what may be holding you back, in order to determine the best mentor for you.

Here are some questions to consider to get you started:

  • What self-limiting beliefs hold you back in certain areas?
  • Are there areas in your life you could improve?
  • What is your greatest fear?

By better understanding your self-limiting beliefs and identifying your fears, you will be taking the first step in determining the type of mentor you would work well with to develop the courage to face your fears.

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 Founder and Chief Learning Officer 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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