Do you see yourself as more of a manager, or a mentor? To put that another way, who do you think your tribe would rather be led by?
If our questions have confused you, and you’re sat there thinking the two terms mean the very same thing, here’s how they differ – courtesy of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
To ‘manage’: ‘To handle or direct with a degree of skill; to make and keep compliant; to exercise executive, administrative and supervisory direction.’
To ‘mentor’: ‘To serve as a trusted counselor or guide; to provide expertise to less experienced individuals; to build a relationship based upon communication.’
Mentor your tribe
A couple of years back, recruitment agency Robert Walters conducted a survey among millennials to learn what they looked for in a job. A whopping 91% of respondents cited career progression as their top priority.
Over half (53%) of millennials said they’ve been disappointed by the lack of personal development and training when starting a role. And now, in 2017, the picture’s pretty much the same, with studies from the likes of Gallup constantly showing that opportunities to learn and grow is the most important thing for millennials. If you thought it was free food, a high salary or big Xmas bonus, think again!
So, back to mentors. If a mentor ‘serves as a trusted counselor or guide’ and ‘provides expertise to less experienced individuals,’ then they are someone who equips their tribe with the tools, training and teaching they need to flourish. Their employees’ career progression is just as important as their own.
Now answer this: would your tribe rather have a mentor, or a manager? Of course, you’ve got to do a little bit of managing in-between mentoring (that naturally comes with running a business), but you’ll have a knack for both. Every day, you’ll mix your own tasks with teaching your tribe a thing or two.
In fact, forget the word ‘manager.’ We’re bigger fans of ‘leader,’ as to us, a leader is someone who sets the example and guides their tribe to greatness. A leader is inspirational and looked up to; they’re someone who shares their knowledge, gives credit, and is thrilled to see tribe members achieve fantastic things.
Coach in the canopy
How about a mass mentor session? Teamwork may already be tip-top in your office, but if you want to fine-tune it just a little bit more, then head to the trees at Go Ape! The canopy is the home to our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses, which provide a space for you all to kick back with one another, build stronger bonds and ultimately, have some fun.
These courses are actually great for improving skills among your tribe. As they leap off platforms, wobble across bridges and crawl through tunnels together, their confidence will get a boost, leaders will come to light, and skills like problem-solving will be sharpened, too.