Episode #184 - The Power of Mentorship

Guest: Dr. Jonathan Glenn - Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Alma College

Dr. Jonathan Glenn, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Alma College, joins Steve Wood, Ph.D. to discuss mentorship. Jonathan talks about the power of mentorship and describes both formal and informal mentorship and how they differ. Jonathan shares how great mentors are able to see things within others that they can't see within themselves. Strong mentors challenge "safe dreams" and push others to dream even bigger. Jonathan describes some of the challenges with getting mentorship from potential mentors who are intimidated by confident, talented mentees and the importance of identifying mentors who want success for their proteges and are supportive of their needs and goals. Lastly, Jonathan describes the four key elements of successful mentorship: consistency, commitment, passion, and communication. Dr. Glenn's TedX talk can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2faGK8uRsI