Learn, Share, Grow – The 5 Types of Mentors You Need

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Below is a lesson from TED Ideas on the 5 types of mentors you need in your life, as well as our key learning.

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by  Julia Fawal

September 18, 2018

Here’s how to assemble your personal dream team, with tips from business expert Anthony Tjan.

Everyone can use a mentor. Scratch that — as it turns out, we could all use fivementors. “The best mentors can help us define and express our inner calling,” says Anthony Tjan, CEO of Boston venture capital firm Cue Ball Group and author of Good People. “But rarely can one person give you everything you need to grow.”

In this short list, Tjan has identified the five kinds of people you should have in your corner. You probably already know them — and it’s possible for one person to cover two or more categories — so use this list as both a guide and a nudge to deepen your bond with them.

One reminder from Tjan: Mentorship is a two-way street — a relationship between humans — and not a transaction. So don’t just march up to people and ask them to advise you. Take the time to develop genuine connections with those you admire, and assist them whenever you can.

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Key Learnings:

  • It’s possible for 1 person to cover 2 or more categories.
  • Mentorship is a 2-way street — a relationship between humans — and not a transaction.
  • Take the time to develop genuine connections with those you admire, and assist them when you can.
  • The 5 types of mentors you need in your life:
    • The master of craft – someone who’s accumulated their wisdom through years of experience and who can provide insight into your industry and fine-tuning your skills.
    • The champion of your cause – someone who will talk you up to others, they can be connectors too.
    • The copilot – the colleague who can talk you through projects, advise you in navigating the personalities at your company, and listen to you vent over coffee. Best when it’s close to equally reciprocal.
    • The anchor – someone who is a confidante and a sounding board; keeping your overall best interests in mind, they can be particularly insightful when it comes to setting priorities, achieving work-life balance, and not losing sight of your values.
    • The reverse mentor – pay attention to learning from the people you’re mentoring.

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