Have you considered the life-changing power of a good mentor?
Having a mentor could mean the difference between you achieving your goals or putting a plan in place to ensure you’re on track, rather than pushing them aside for another year. By entering a mentoring relationship, you will be encouraged to set time aside to work with your mentor to work on you. In fact, studies have shown that employees with mentors were five times as likely to receive a promotion than those without. A mentoring relationship generally involves:
- Analysing where you currently are
- Identifying your strengths and the opportunities that you can build on
- Overcoming weaknesses and threats
- Setting clear goals
- Planning a route to achieve those goals.
The right mentor can change your life. Having an experienced, trusted supporter to give you valuable advice and help you realise your biggest career, business or life goals is invaluable. Mentors have guided some of the world’s most influential people: Bill Gates had Warren Buffet as a mentor, Tina Turner mentored Mick Jagger, Mark Zuckerberg had Steve Jobs and Sir Richard Branson had Sir Freddie Laker.
What makes a great mentor?
- Listens to the mentee’s plans, goals challenges and acts as a sounding board
- Provides respectful input and constructive criticism on the mentee’s aspirations, decision-making process and behaviour
- Is a source of encouragement and support during difficult times and setbacks
- Encourages independent decision making
- Challenges the mentee to push beyond their comfort zone
- Facilitates connections and career opportunities for the mentee through networking and access to resources.
- Shares experiences and will offer specific advice
Becoming a mentor
Mentoring isn’t a one-way street. Becoming a mentor can be a valuable experience for the mentor too:
You will connect with the next generation. While junior associates may not be as experienced, what they may possess is connectivity to the ‘new’ and the ‘next.’ Through your mentoring role, you will not only be passing on the knowledge you have gained along your journey, but also learning from a generation connected in very different ways.
You may be seen as a thought leader. The act of being a mentor instills confidence. Whether engaging through your workplace or through an external organisation, adding a mentoring role to your CV will reinforce your thought leadership and subject matter expertise status.
You will cultivate your management skillset. Learning how to communicate, engage, and teach diverse individuals will only improve your relevance in the workplace.
Join a mentoring programme
Mentorship takes commitment but the results for both the mentor and the mentee can be life-changing. So, why not make 2020 the year that you finally achieve your New Year resolutions with the help of our mentoring programme?