Finding A Great Mentor Tim Calnon Leadership Development Workgroup, Chair Buffalo, 2013 Dr. Bill Calnon American Dental Association Immediate Past President
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
Mentor vs. Mentor • Noun….a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. • Verb….to serve as a trusted counselor or teacher, especially in occupational settings.
Whatattracts you to a potential mentor? • Common interests • Similar backgrounds • Shared professional direction • Places you in your comfort zone
Characteristics of a good mentor • Good listener • Able to be objective • A giver, not a taker • High road traveler • Big picture perspective • Able to embrace your perspective • In it for the long haul
Dealing with differences • Agreement not mandatory • Learn from counter perspectives • Articulate concerns in a constructive manner • Exit relationship with mutual respect
Life-Cycle of Mentoring • Mentor…fellow colleague…friend • Co-mentors • Reverse roles • Saying good-bye