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The following tips will make you an excellent mentor for other women:
Defy the stereotype. The stereotype that women would rather compete with one another than collaborate is far from reality. Almost every day I’m struck by what women can achieve when they work together. When you are connected to other strong women who support, relate to and care about your journey, you will be nurtured, empowered, inspired and fired up. The next time a project arises, think about a high-potential woman who would gain from the experience, bring her into the fold and serve as her mentor.
Speak up. People who generate ideas and engage in constructive discussions become irreplaceable. Unfortunately, women tend not to speak up at work. Be an outspoken contributor, bring new ideas to the table, and encourage participation and engagement from all employees—especially women who have valuable insights but who aren’t vocal. Mentor women on your team to identify their special skills and traits. Then, find opportunities for them to use those abilities in ways that highlight their leadership potential.
Teach them to demand respect. Women who don’t stand their ground become vulnerable. Teach your network of women to be unafraid of demanding respect. When I’m up against someone who is close-minded to my ideas or who responds negatively, I will walk away, regroup and role-play the scenario with someone I trust. I anticipate every objection and prepare myself mentally.
Be the person of trust. Help other women work through the objections to their plans and articulate solutions. With this preparation, those women will command respect. If you have learned other ways to handle conflict in your organization, share it with other women.
Model positive behaviors. Sometimes, the best way to mentor is simply to model the right behaviors. When women on the rise see you engage (or not engage) in a certain behavior, they will know it’s acceptable for them to do the same.
Mentoring works well for women because we excel at connecting and collaborating to solve problems. The process provides sanity, support and brilliant solutions. When we come together and engage in conversation, we raise new questions and think of possibilities at a collective level that we would not have considered on our own.
In business—and in life in general—the best long-term strategy isn’t to get ahead and stay ahead; it’s to partner with others so that everyone has an incentive to win. When you give other women advice, encouragement, a few minutes of your time or a sought-after opportunity, you will enjoy valuable returns.
Vickie L. Milazzo is owner of Vickie Milazzo Institute, an education company certifying legal nurses in Houston, and author of Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman (Wiley, 2011).
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