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How to be a good mentor and why it’s worth it

May is the month that brings school graduations and new beginnings for many young people. For senior college graduates, it’s both an exciting and a scary time when they enter the professional workforce. It is also an inspiring time for those of us who have mentored these students, offering them support and guidance as they take the next steps in their lives.

As I reflect on over 45 years of public relations experience, there is one constant: mentors who have helped me learn and grow in my career. And I believe in taking it forward by mentoring students and professionals as they embark on new adventures and careers – whether that’s their first post-graduate professional job or the next step in their career advancement.

Tony Dungy, in his book “The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People & Teams That Win Constantly,” said, “Engage, Educate, Equip, Encourage, Empower, Energize and Evaluate – these are the methods for maximizing the potential of everything. individual, team, organization or institution for ultimate success and meaning. These are the methods of a mentor leader.

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