Pay it Forward – Why Every Leader Should Mentor
Think back a few years. Ok, so maybe a few more. Chances are good that if you’re a successful business leader today
, you probably had the aid of a helping hand yesterday.
Yes, we’re talking about a mentor. Perhaps it was more experienced colleague or manager. Or maybe you got really lucky and bonded with a senior executive or board member. Either way, their insight, advice and workplace education was critical in your professional development. We know it was for us. That’s why we are big believers in ‘paying in forward.’
While it’s true that mentoring may lead to future personal payoffs, we know you’re not at all concerned with that. Nope, not you. This is your chance to give back, and hopefully leave the business world a much better place.
And if technology has taught us nothing, we know that business approaches, applications and trends can shift on a dime. Relevancy
is key, remember? Whether you are a digital immigrant or digital native, you can learn as much from the person you are mentoring as they can learn from you.
If you don’t have a mentor program within your organization now, consider adopting one. It will fit in beautifully with any and all of your engagement initiatives
and certainly empower creativity, networking and innovation.
But just in case you need convincing, here are a few of the other benefits you can expect from a good mentor relationship:
- Learning: By serving as a mentor, you’ll learn from your apprentices.
- Leadership: You’ll build on your existing leadership and management skills, possibly even gaining some undiscovered insight into your own strengths and weaknesses in the process.
- Recognition: You’ll receive recognition from peers and superiors. They will probably be more inclined to buy you drinks at conferences, cast admiring glances in your general direction and/ or wax lyrical about you whenever your name is mentioned in conversation.
- Achievement: You’ll review and validate what you know and what you’ve accomplished in your career to-date. This may even lead you to indulge in some retrospective back-patting.
- Satisfaction: Yes, it’s all about you. You can expect to feel satisfied, proud, and energized as a mentor.
- Refreshment: You’ll get a new and fresh outlook on your own job, challenges and way forward.
- Networking: You’ll get the opportunity to meet new colleagues and expand your circle of networking.
- Legacy: Watch your acorns grow into mighty oak trees that will live on long after you’re gone.