𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐌𝐄𝐑 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 𝐋𝐀𝐃𝐘, 𝐌𝐈𝐓𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐋𝐄 𝐎𝐁𝐀𝐌𝐀 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐃 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐆
𝓜𝔂 𝓹𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓸𝓷𝓪𝓵 𝓷𝓸𝓽𝓮𝓼 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓶𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓸𝓻𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓶𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓮𝓼.
Some days ago, I was browsing through my podcast playlist and stumbled on The Mitchelle Obama Podcast on Spotify
One of the episodes that got my attention was the ‘Working Women’ episode.
In this episode, Mrs. Obama reflects on three decades of work, friendship, and mentorship, in conversation with her former boss and mentor Valerie Jarrett.
(I will share the story of their mentor-mentee relationship in another post).
Mrs. Obama took us all on a reflective journey of how mentoring has played a crucial role in her life.
I made some notes to share with my inner circle but on second thought, I felt that others outside my circle should also benefit from these evergreen lessons.
Here are some personal notes from the conversation on mentoring👇🏼
𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐒
🌟 We are living, breathing role models, not just in what we say, but in what we do.
🌟 If you have a platform, then you are a role model.
🌟 Mentorship starts early and it starts in your own backyard.
🌟 There is someone always watching you, so carry yourself in a way that you realize that you are always setting the tone for people behind you.
𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐄𝐒
⚡If you are looking for someone to mentor you, start by taking the initiative to introduce yourself to people and start a conversation.
⚡Mentoring is more than just asking someone to show you the way, or tell you what to do.
⚡As a mentee, you also have to think about what you will bring to the relationship.
⚡So ask yourself this:
What are you bringing to the table?
It’s worth mentioning, that during Mrs.Obama’s time at the white house, the former First Lady started a mentoring program that pairs disadvantaged teens from DC with some of the most powerful women in the country.
She had this to say:
“𝑰 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒂 𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏. 𝑰 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒍𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒊𝒈 𝒃𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒎𝒚 𝒈𝒊𝒓𝒍𝒔 𝒔𝒊𝒈𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒚, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒈𝒊𝒓𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅”.
Now that’s #mentoring
I hope you learned a thing or two, either as an aspiring mentor or a mentee.
I will be sharing more personal notes about mentoring with my inner circle.
If you want to be part of my circle, kindly subscribe to my #linkedin newsletter👇🏼
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