Ryan Stevenson – Development Project Manager, LB Richmond and Wandsworth – is next in our mentor/mentee blog series, sharing stories from FoL’s Leaders programme and its impact. Find out more about the series, the upcoming Mentor Awards and the #Alumni500 celebration here.
When asked to write a blog on my experience of being mentored during my time on the Future London Leaders programme, I found myself reflecting on the number of discussions I had with the marvellous Maggie Rafalowicz, Director at Campbell Tickell and how that has impacted on my professional journey to this point. It struck me that throughout your career you invariably cross paths with people that perform a role in your development be that as a colleague, a manager, a director or a leader. What I so graciously learned from Maggie is that a mentor combines all of these roles and adds wisdom, wisdom that I hope to attain and share in someone else’s journey.
From our initial e-introduction discussing five-year goals and the importance of developing emotional intelligence in situational leadership, to our off the cuff Friday calls on recommendations for cultural fixes at the weekend, Maggie has been an invaluable sounding board, providing sage advice on decisions where I really needed a nudge, such as deciding to switch roles during a pandemic.
This may read that I just got lucky with my mentor, but reading a selection of the previous posts, it doesn’t take long to see a theme underlying the experiences. We all took a proactive approach to engaging with our mentors; it’s shared accountability on both sides. After the initial introduction it’s about keeping momentum, developing the relationship in order to get the most out of the time you have together.
If you’ve been inspired by this mentee blog by Ryan Stevenson, you can find out more about FoL’s mentor network here.
FoL’s Mentor Awards are sponsored by Lovell.