6 benefits of being a mentor
Many think that only the mentee benefits from mentorship – but in reality both the mentor and mentee benefit from the experience. The old adage “you get what you give” never rings more true than for those who are mentors. The mentor/mentee relationship has become increasingly popular in the workplace and in life. It is a relationship built on trust, mutual respect, and a genuine interest in helping to develop skills and open opportunities for one another.
There are many benefits involved in becoming a mentor. These include:
1. Develop your leadership skills
The experience will help your ability to motivate, inspire, and encourage others. This will in turn help you become a better manager and team member.
2. Understand your industry from a different viewpoint
There’s a high chance that the person you are mentoring might be knowledgeable about new developments in an industry, more in touch with the mindset of a younger demographic or market. In fact the rise of reverse mentoring has become very common within large organizations, allowing industry veterans to be refreshed with a new perspective of people joining their industry. By mentoring and guiding, you add to your experience inventory.
3. Improve your communication skills
The experience will force you to find ways to communicate more effectively with people from different backgrounds, departments or at different stages of their career.
4. Advance your career
Demonstrating to senior management that you have mentored a junior employee outside of your own work responsibilities will be looked upon favourably when looking for your own career advancement. It will help pave the way for you to get into a management position and be viewed as an industry expert or that go-to person.
5. Grow your networks
There’s no doubt that you already have a list full of contacts, but having a mentee will provide you with a contact that you are not just going to normally deal with professionally. There’s also the chance that your mentee might know someone you’ve been trying to do business with but never could. Both of you can introduce each other to different contacts, thereby increasing your network. Who knows, your mentee may even be a potential customer, client or maybe one day your boss!
6. Gain personal satisfaction
It can be very personally fulfilling to know that you’ve made a significant contribution to someone’s personal development. Seeing the growth in your mentee and watching them succeed is a reward in itself.
Becoming a mentor can be mutually beneficial and rewarding on many levels. The experience can leave you with a personal satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the success of an individual and have personally shaped their lives. So why not become a mentor today?
To learn more about MentorSelector or to find your mentor or life coach, please click here. We are always looking for more mentors to join our family – its a great initiative that is mutually rewarding for both mentor and mentee. Register now to become a mentor or a mentee.
Here is a clip by one of our mentors – the incredibly talented Shelly Horton of ShellShocked Media.