We all reach a point in our development and the development of our businesses where we lack experience and have to step out of our comfort zones – this is the best time to call in the mentors. Although I will always have my own mentors, I'm a big believer in paying it forward and I have been working as a professional mentor to bright, entrepreneurial talent alongside my consultancy roles for many years. There isn’t much that the young entrepreneurs I work with want to talk about, that I haven’t had direct experience of but as a mentor, you don’t have to have all the answers, you just have to be willing to share what you know and if you don’t have the answers, you will more than likely know someone who does.
I have confidence that the most successful companies are those with the best leaders – and this is what has drawn me to my choice of mentors. I wanted to understand how businesses in the same space were outperforming each other and the answer that always comes in first place is leadership, which is then followed closely by ‘culture’. Great leaders are hardworking and ambitious people but it’s important to stay humble enough to know when you need to call in a fresh set of eyes. Ego doesn’t have much room here; the greatest leaders recognise that it’s OK to hire people into their teams who are better than they, people who have bigger and brighter ideas than they do for the ongoing development and long-term success of their businesses.