Mentoring is frequently thought of to be some type of formal program. Although a formal type of mentoring program can be beneficial, it is based on the idea that the mentor is in the position of knowledge and authority and only those with the "right" experience are qualified to be mentors. But if we allow ourselves to only be a leader once we have the “right” experience, we may never see ourselves as a leader.
Have you ever sought advice from someone in your industry, asked questions of a colleague to understand a new concept, or weighed the pros and cons of attending a training with someone you trust? All of these are moments of when you engaged in micro-mentoring as the recipient. Often times, the person who gave you that memorable moment may not remember giving it to you at all.
You do not have to reach some level of achievement in your life to be a mentor - the experiences you have are extremely valuable to those around you, even when it can be hard to recognize it in yourself! Drew Dudley, an author and speaker who focuses on the topic of leadership, speaks on the topic of Everyday Leadership as found in his Ted Talk