Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mentors

In my life quest to figure out the deeper arcanes of social dynamics and emotional intelligence--I've taken notes on patterns of behaviour and characteristics in most great leaders of our time. Frequently, I hear the phrase, "person of integrity" being used to describe leaders.

What does it mean to be a person of integrity?

Wikipedia has the following definition:

Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. In western ethics, integrity is regarded as the quality of having an intuitive sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motivations for one's actions.

Reflecting on my own career--I've been very fortunate to have been led by great individuals that exhibit the level of integrity that Wikipedia describes. In all honesty, my leaders have always been great mentors: they've taught me how to react to situations, how to be as technical as I am today, and how to communicate effectively with other disciplines on my teams. Without such amazing and disciplined mentors, I wouldn't be where I am today and I'm extremely grateful for that.

Mentors don't exactly need to show exactly how certain technical things can be done. Mentors essentially setup a mental framework to create a disciplined thinker. For example, Freddy Roach is Manny Pacquiao's mentor and boxing coach. Freddy certainly can't box at the technical level that Manny can; however, Freddy Roach setups a disciplined approach to thinking: hard work, dedication, sacrifice and most of all "never giving up". By ensuring that Manny's mind is mentally conditioned, he is able to push himself beyond any human limits and be the champion he truly is (best pound for pound fighter in 7 different weight divisions).

Day by day, I constantly strive to push myself beyond my boundaries: learning new things, putting strategies to practice, and improving team vision/learning. Core characteristics, such as, integrity, dedication, courage, never giving up, and sacrifice are all things that I've inherited from my mentors.

In the future, I will achieve my life goal: to be a disciplined mentor for my own teammates just like the heroes that mentored me in the past and perhaps one day I can hopefully make them proud.

Good luck and have fun,
Jaime Bueza

Jaime Bueza is a software developer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has developed web applications for Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ritchie Brothers, Kiwi Collections, Cox Communications and Microsoft. When he's not developing useful software that constantly evolves with business requirements, he's creating tutorial videos for aspiring front-end developers.
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