21 Aug A LEADER IS SOMEONE WHO IS TRUST WORTHY AND HAS THE ABILITY TO MENTOR OTHERS
A leader is an inspiring individual. He is the ideal figure for many individuals to aspire to become like. People look up to him and seek his advice. He can be a great source of motivation and guidance for individuals.
Mentoring is a very effective way of guiding young aspiring professionals. In an organization, a leader also acts as a mentor to provide the guidance to aspiring individuals. Mentoring is an informal
task but is recognized as being very successful. The difference between a mentor and other types of individual guidance is that mentors offer a ‘parallel’ guidance. It means that the mentor does not necessarily comes from the same area of expertise as the individual. However, he still has enough experience of his own, in his own area of expertise to provide sound advice.
A leader is not a leader, if he is not trustworthy. He may be a good manager but not a leader. Trust is earned and maintained. Individuals look for certain traits and practices in leaders, to decide if they can trust them. It involves many emotional intelligence skills to build trust, such as:
- Walk the talk
- No gossip
- Being impersonal