Influence is one of those things that often happens without even trying. I’ve become more aware of this as I get older because I have seen the impact of my unintended influence I had when I was young. Professional influence is important to carefully apply. You will influence the people around you, regardless of your status and position. The real question is not if, but rather how do you influence?
When I was younger I thought that being a father was about rules and compliance. I was a loving dad, don’t get me wrong, but I would have fallen into the strict group. I thought it was about molding and shaping my older daughter’s minds and direction in life. Many of you could also feel that way right now about parenting. I’m certainly not here to correct you, but I will say that as I have grown, my perspective has changed. I am more focused on helping my younger daughters find their niche and unique path in life. It’s less about who I want them to be and more about who they want to become. Of course, we still have rules, but they are different kinds of rules.
How have you incorporated the tremendous gift that comes with being a mentor to someone else? What new actions can honor the people and places that influenced you?
Mentoring is a powerful experience and teaches both parties involved. I’ve appreciated all my coaches and mentors and have considered it an honor every time I’m asked to provide coaching to someone else. This is a dual focused experience. I’m suggesting that you look for both roles going forward if you don’t already have them in your life. You may be younger, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot be a mentor to someone older than you. This Innovation Age has leveled many of the previous divisions and age is one of them. There are many senior professionals that could benefit from some mentoring as it relates to technology integration. Make yourself open to influence and find someone to influence you. Exercise both side of this important coin.
This blog is part of a series from the book Discover Your Best Life by Mike Hintz. His personal, professional, and spiritual growth tools are also featured in Northlink Retreats. If this topic resonates with you consider reading the book or attending one of the upcoming retreats.