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Chapter 8. Be a Leader, Be a Coach > Mentoring: The Two-Sided Training Experien... - Pg. 97

Be a Leader, Be a Coach 4. 5. 97 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Learn to teach.If you have minimal experience in teaching, pick up pointers on teaching methods from the best trainers you know. Read articles and books on training techniques. Learn to learn.It is essential that you keep learning--not only the latest techniques in your own field, but developments in your industry, in the business, community, and in the overall field of management. Be patient.Your protégé may not pick up what you teach as rapidly as you would like. Patience is key to success in mentoring. Be tactful.You are not a drill sergeant training a rookie in how to survive in combat. Be kind. Be courteous. Be gentle--but be firm and let the trainee know you expect the best. Don't be afraid to take risks.Give your protégé assignments that will challenge his or her capabilities. Let her know that she won't succeed in all the assignments, but that the best way to grow is to take on tough jobs. Failures may occur, but that's how we learn, after all. Celebrate successes.Let the trainee know you are proud of the accomplishments and pro- gress he makes. When he achieves something especially significant, make a big fuss. Encourage your protégé to become a mentor.The best reward you can get from being a mentor is that once the need for mentoring is done, your protégé carries on the process by becoming a mentor. The Least You Need to Know · To be an effective leader, you must earn the respect, trust, confidence, and support of your associates. · Training for leadership should not be limited to a few. · Leadership skills are trainable. You don't have to rely only on your own know how or even your company's training capabilities. Take advantage of the many fine training programs that are available. · The ideal leader understands human nature and applies this knowledge to keeping the team moving