Most of us have read what it takes to be a good leader. While we can read or take courses to become better leaders, I have found that those who are successful often have a little help along the way.
How do the great sports players of our time become the best? They may have inborn talent, but they’re at the top of their game because they’re being coached, or better yet, they’re being mentored.
Bob Bullock, who has been my friend for more than 15 years, is one of the best in the field of executive coaching (mentoring) and communications. He says mentors come in all ages, sexes and from every culture in the world, and their interaction and influence can last a few moments or span a lifetime.
“The very presence of a mentor raises everything to a higher standard,” Bullock says. “Mentors bring knowledge and its practical application. They inspire others to expand their view of the world to include more than they could imagine on their own, and the belief that they are capable of living and working in that world successfully. They bring wisdom and common sense, spark intuition and drive innovation.”
The best mentors teach values first and how to use them in all that you do. One of my mentors once told me, “Never underestimate the affect of what you say and do upon others.”
My company went from $600,000 to $750,000 in 10 years, and from $750,000 to $15 million in a 10-year span. The real growth happened when I found two of my mentors: Bullock and E-Myth Business Coach Susan Wilhelmsen. They guided me, instructed me, nurtured me, listened to my rants and ravings, gave me the truth, and helped me learn how to get my ego out of the way. It is that type of honest guidance that makes the great players in the world the best.
Where can we find mentors? I paid to be mentored by these fantastic people. It was a large expense, but my life, family, friends, associates and company profited greatly. You can also find mentors in associations like SIMA and PLANET. There are community programs and professional organizations where people volunteer to serve as mentors. You may find a mentor among your friends, advisors, business colleagues or family. A mentor can come from anywhere at any time during your life’s journey - you just have to be willing to open your eyes, your ears and your mind to the possibilities.