The Benefits of Being a Mentor
Sometimes it seems like the main source of benefits in a mentorship is for the mentee, but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is, the mentor can be the one who gets more out of the relationship. Let’s look at a few of the benefits of being a mentor.
Definition of mentor: … It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. Interaction with an expert may also be necessary to gain proficiency with/in cultural tools. Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the “amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés and mentors engaged…
Mentoring Makes Everything Feel New Again
You may feel kind of like you do when watching a child play in a park. You learn everything new again from your mentee’s fresh view of life. Butterflies look more colorful, flowers smell better, and everything is a lot more fun. The same applies if you’re a mentor for an up-and-coming star in your company or any company. It’s fun to watch them learn and grow, and it feels good to see.
There is the big potential by learning something again through the eyes of your mentee, you can find a new angle or viewpoint that had not occurred to you before. I’ve heard that when you teach, you learn too. That’s very true. The efforts you go through in preparing to mentor and teaching someone creates the need in yourself to go deeper and to stay ahead of your mentee. Your own knowledge of the subject will increase and through your interaction with your mentee, you will learn even more yourself.
Improves Job Satisfaction
Mentorships can help you avoid job boredom in your job. You’ll feel a lot more satisfied with your job when you realize that someone else would love your job and are in fact trying to become who you are. It feels great that someone will someday take over where you left off and be good at it because you have mentored them.
I have read that a good leader always trains their replacements. For myself, even though I am ambitious, I would never want to leave a current job without someone skilled to fill it when I left. That would be a matter of pride for me to see that the job continues to be performed at a skillful level and that my replacement was fully ready to take over my former duties. What a great legacy to leave.
When you work with someone who is hungry, it can help you reflect on yourself and what you’re doing in your career.
Are you really doing enough?
How well do you know yourself?
This new mentoring relationship will help you think about these factors. Mentoring someone allows you to critique your own self while answering their questions and listening to their ideas from a new perspective.
Builds More Professional Relationships
When you start working with mentees, you’re going to build a network of people who like you, know you, and trust you – even when they move on to a new corporation or start a new business. They’re going to think of you, recommend you, and want to keep working with you in some way. In some ways, the mentor/mentee relationship can be a lifetime one that is a valuable resource with both lives.
Increases Peer Recognition
When you are a mentor for others and take care in your mentorships, your peers will respect you for doing it and think of you when it comes to leadership. They’re going to see you as more of a leader than others, and that can pay off for you. A good mentor will actually be a role model for those working around him and those he meets.
Enhances Learning and Development
When you’re trying to help someone else see their learning deficiencies and improve upon them, you’re going to notice yours more too. Pinpointing your own weaknesses can serve you and your own career.
You will find yourself wanting to be a good example by taking more classes, going to seminars, and improving your own development so you have more to offer your mentee. Learning additional skills and enhancing those you already have makes you a better employee, as well as a better
Grows Your Network
For every mentee you work with, your network is going to grow by not just one but probably five to ten people due to the people you’ll meet through them, and the people you’ll meet for them when you look for additional people to help them.
If you want to garner these benefits of being a mentor, it’s important to seek to be a great mentor by learning about the skills needed, taking your mentorships seriously, and putting a lot into it. You get out of it what you put into it, just like everything else in life. You will find that a “giving” attitude will create more a more positive and happier way of life for yourself. Determine to “weave a huge web” of friends and colleagues.
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