At Friday’s morning session of the MSTS Annual Meeting in Houston I found myself inspired to do more. The session commenced with Dr. Scarborough paying a tribute to one of the greatest mentors in Orthopaedics; Dr. William F. Enneking.
Qualities of a good mentor:
- Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model
- Takes a personal interest in the mentoring relationship
- Exhibits enthusiasm in the field
- Values ongoing learning and growth in the field.
Dr. D Luis Muscolo from Buenos Aires was the invited guest who gave the meeting’s founders lecture. He did a wonderful job outlining what makes a good leader and what makes a good mentor and how they differ. He illustrated leadership with a discussion of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as an example of individual leadership; with the great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche as a humankind leader or heroic leader; and the Sisyphus myth by Camus to illustrate the ideals of a mentor. A true mentor besides being full of wisdom and knowledge to pass on must have a passion for life and a spirit to assist others in acquiring greatness.
“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart.”
The goal…Return home and CREATE DATA!