Why Mentoring Could Be The Next Best Thing In Your Business
There’s an old saying that goes, many hands make light work. This saying certainly rings true when it comes to your business. Having the guidance of someone who has already been where you are and gained wisdom on how to overcome obstacles or showing someone else the way could be the next best thing for you and your business.
What is a Mentor?
A mentor is someone who has expertise or knowledge in a specific area that you are interested in learning more about.
The dictionary defines a mentor as someone who is a trusted counselor or guide.
A mentor is there for you to help you navigate your way through your industry or profession. An effective mentor is attentive, reliable, engaged, authentic and understands their role. If you choose to hire a mentor, you should not expect them to do the work for you. A mentor is not your employee.
How Does Mentoring Benefit You?
A mentor can benefit you in many different ways. The most obvious benefit is allowing you access to information and people you may not have already had access to. You are able to fast track your personal and professional development.
Having a mentor allows you to ask questions and get answers that can empower you, enhance your confidence and move your business forward in ways you may not have ever considered.
Having the ability to avoid avoidable mistakes is truly valuable. As a mentee, being willing to listen and take criticism is a vital part of becoming a better person and furthering your business.
Mentoring is a positive learning tool that can do wonders for your employee development and loyalty, should you be considering becoming a mentor.
When mentorship is built into your business model, you will see a dramatic shift in the culture of your business.
Colleagues tend to be more engaged with each other which deepens the sharing of knowledge within your company.
Where Can You Find a Mentor?
There are lots of ways to go about finding a mentor or even becoming a mentor. If you’re looking to become a mentor there are a few routes you can take. You can either hire yourself out, volunteer somewhere or keep a sharp eye for someone who could use your guidance. If you offer your experience and time, make sure that you have the necessary skills to mentor: compassion, a listening ear, courage, integrity and the time to invest in your mentee.
- If you’re looking for a mentor, you can hire one or you can ask someone who you value, admire and trust.
As a mentee you have to be willing to be molded and guided. This doesn’t mean that you need to try to be your mentor, it just means that you have to be accepting of their wisdom and willing to learn.
Mentorship should be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. And now that mentorship is becoming more of the norm in the world of business, it is beginning to change the economy and the culture of how we do business.
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