Kathy Doyle and the Art of Mentoring
I sat down with Kathy to talk about her experiences in helping others and how that has shaped her views on her career and her life.
Charlene Weisler: Kathy, what is your definition of a mentor?
Kathy Doyle: I believe that it is primarily leading by example, being a resource, being an advisor in different situations and a teacher who provides actionable advice. I would say that at its core, being a mentor is about being a counselling teacher.
Charlene: How does one get started in becoming a mentor? What is the right approach?
Kathy: I am overly sensitive about not naming myself as a mentor to a specific person and am very cautious when someone says to me, “I want to be your mentor.” It’s important that the feelings of respect are mutual. I would say that I am very approachable to becoming someone’s mentor, but I would not necessarily initiate that relationship.