Mentor or Mentee: What are the benefits of Mentoring?

Darren McFarlane is my guest on this episode of the Soft Skills for Leaders Podcast.

Darren is the founder of Next Level Mentoring.

He realised the power of mentoring at the time he was an emerging leader in the oil and gas industry, and he had the opportunity to be part of a leadership program. When Darren was at a crossroads later in life, he decided to start a business matching and supporting mentees with mentors, so that others could experience the value and results of having a mentor and being a mentor. 

What is mentoring and why do we need a mentor?

Talking Points

  • Where it all started for Darren
  • From an engineering background to leading a team
  • Human leadership changing the way of work
  • Open communication as a way to foster teams
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated yourself 
  • Turning point from employee to entrepreneur
  • Becoming a mentee to realize the value of mentoring
  • The difference between mentoring and coaching
  • The importance of receiving feedback

Links to other soft skills for leaders podcast episodes

Amplifying Team Accountability

 Navigating Conversations in Business 

Connect with Darren McFarlane



LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-mcfarlane-013a1724/


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Lisa Evans helps professionals to craft compelling business stories and become exceptional speakers. Lisa is a certified speaker coach, TEDx speaker coach, four times author, NLP practitioner, graphic recorder and visual storyteller, improvisational actor, and host of the Soft Skills for Leaders podcast

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