10 Questions You Should Always Ask a Potential Mentor

How do you find the perfect mentor to help you along your entrepreneurial journey? Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey, which is why finding a mentor can make it that much easier. But how do you find the perfect person to help you along? YEC entrepreneurs weigh in. Question: What 1 question should you ALWAYS ask a potential mentor?   ROB FULTON AudioLumin “What Do You Wish You Knew at My Stage?” “I always try to balance my mentor relationships between updating them on my goals and my background, and getting a strong sense of who they are and most importantly, who they were at my stage. What did they wish they knew? What obstacles did they not expect? How did they manage to get over them? These are all crucial for your development as an entrepreneur.” @robjfulton   KELLY AZEVEDO She’s Got Systems “What Motivates You?” “You can get great technical advice, connections and encouragement from many sources, but understanding someone’s internal motivations will help you align your values before you begin a mentor relationship.” @krazevedo   SIMON CASUTO eLearning Mind “What Has Been Difficult?” “Ask about failures instead of only focusing on how he or she has been successful. Find out which hurdle or setback was the hardest to overcome, and how it was dealt with.” @simoncasuto   SYDNEY WILLIAMS Planet Green Socks “How Can I Make Your Life Easier?” “It’s true of managers and mentors, you have to manage up. The best mentoring relationships are a two-way street. If you’re seeking a mentor, the relationship should benefit you in some way, but don’t stop there. See...

3 Habits of Great Leaders

  How do you become a transformational leader? Here are 3 habits of great leaders that will help you get on the path toward greatness.   “How do I become a transformational leader?” It’s a question I get asked a lot, and one I’ve changed my answer to over the years. As a coach and mentor to executives and entrepreneurs, I thought the ability to transform was an inborn quality for a long time. I thought it was something one could develop his or her skills in, but ultimately did or did not possess an affinity toward. I have never subscribed to the belief that only certain people can lead, but I did have a bias that only certain people possessed the genetic make-up to be transformative through their leadership because, truthfully, I struggled to elicit this ability in many of the people I worked with. I could develop leaders’ ability to speak with confidence and competence and to coach staff or clients. Yet the ability to truly transform others with words — whether those people were employees or attendees at a motivational seminar — well, that eluded me. Transformational leaders are people who, irrespective of audience, possess the ability to create big shifts in their audiences’ thinking, which leads to big shifts in their behavior, which enables them to achieve extraordinary results. Many leaders are facile at inspiring their audience or getting them on board with a big initiative, but that isn’t the same thing. Then, I began to study the masters, from former GE CEO Jack Welch to former Luxor and Excalibur President Renee West (the first woman to run...

7 Unique Ways to Develop Leadership Skills

No matter where you are in your career, you can benefit from tips to help you develop leadership skills. Regardless of where you are on the career ladder, there will be a point when you’re handed a leadership role and be expected to hit the ground running. Maybe you’re aiming to lead an initiative, been chosen to lead a team project, or given the opportunity to apply for a management position. Wherever you are in your career, and whatever you hope to accomplish, you will benefit from tips to help you develop leadership skills. As a Forbes, Business Insider and ELLE Magazine “30 Under 30” recipient as well as the Founder and CEO of Mogul, an award-winning worldwide platform connecting women to trending content, I have had to rapidly adapt and perform repeatedly as a thought leader while also managing a team. Whatever your case may be, you’re probably wondering how you can develop leadership skills on the fly. Although you probably have a rough idea from watching your manager, being an effective leader requires finesse and complex knowledge. But rather than waiting for an opportunity, start developing those skills now. Here’s what helped me: Take a Leadership Personality Test To improve your skills, you need a starting point. First, take a minute and think about how you behave in stressful situations and what is your preferred leadership style. Do you ask others for their opinions or do you tell everyone what to do and how you expect them to do it? Do you lead from the front, or do you worry about where your team is headed and whether there is a clear vision ahead? You’ll gain insight into your preferred style of...