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Aspects of being a mentor

25 September 2023 / Paul Scully
Issue: 4906 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , accounting , Taxation Awards , Admin
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Unlocking potential

Key points

  • Empathy is one of the most important aspects of being a good mentor.
  • It is vital to be completely honest with the individual about where their development areas lie.
  • Hybrid working requires a more structured effort to connect.
  • The accounting profession has always been and continues to be a great facilitator of social mobility.
  • A difficult aspect of coaching is that the immediate outputs are intangible and difficult to measure.

Developing a career can be fraught with difficulties. How do I get to be a senior manager/director/partner? Do I want these roles? Would I be a good fit? Am I good enough?

All these questions and many more pass through people’s minds as they progress in their career and this is where on an individual basis a mentor can be of immense value. They will have gone through the process and can help with identifying...

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