Hello SOTGC community!
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” ~ Steven Spielberg
This quote captures the role of a mentor as a catalyst for inspiring the development of a mentee into exactly who he or she is meant to be!!
We are often cognizant of the many reasons for which having a positive mentor and role model in our lives is a smart and worthwhile step to take in the areas of career and personal development. A less explored area of career development is, in turn, the positive aspects of being a mentor itself.
Being a role model and mentor for someone is not only a smart career development strategy, but is highly fulfilling as well! Here are five reasons why being a mentor is the right step to take when seeking success and meaning in one’s field of work.
- Working with motivated mentees can be an unequivocal source of inspiration!
Mentees can be a great source of inspiration because they are motivated to learn and develop themselves, thirsting for new knowledge and excited about their growth on both a professional and personal basis. Picture someone who is seeking mentorship as they are embarking on a new career path, a time where one is not only extremely passionate about the profession one has chosen, but also inquisitive and ambitious. As a mentor, working with someone with such attributes can be extremely motivating in and of itself, and it can serve as a reminder for a mentor of why they originally chose their profession. The interaction between mentor and mentee can ultimately produce a dynamic and energizing synergy … explore the possibilities!!
- Being a mentor often requires one to be on top of the latest in one’s field of work!
Acting as a mentor can be a great opportunity to ensure that one is on top of the latest in one’s field of work. Providing up-to-date guidance and advice to a mentee may require a mentor to keep up their own competencies and knowledge base. Thus mentoring can be a great incentive and motivation to stay current and at the forefront of one’s profession.
- Being a sharer of advice and guidance, rather than a hoarder of information, is fulfilling from a humanistic point of view!
The opportunity to be able to share one’s life experiences, advice, and guidance with someone else can be highly fulfilling and rewarding from a personal point of view. Mentorship is a beautiful form of human connectivity, propagating a culture of giving and sharing, rather than one that encourages personal gains and selfish goals. Helping others is a great way of gaining meaning from one’s everyday doings and thus achieving emotional wellness.
- Being able to mentor and teach others is a transferable and marketable skill!
To be a successful mentor, one must develop strong competencies in many areas, including communication, coaching, collaboration, and emotional intelligence. In light of this, the ability to teach and mentor others is one which requires constant personal growth and development on the part of the mentor, and thus results in the generation of many transferable and marketable skills. Having experience as a mentor also speaks to one’s ability to be a strong team player and reveals someone who is capable of fostering a positive work and learning environment, all of which are positive attributes on the job market.
- Developing oneself as a mentor allows one to pass on advice and skills to a new generation of colleagues, allowing for a personal sense of legacy!
We all seek meaning and fulfillment from the work we do. Being able to pass on one’s skills and knowledge is a form of leaving a lasting and sustainable difference; a legacy of sorts. Once again, the ability to be a mentor not only allows you to grow your career, but allows you to grow personally as well, allowing a flavor of emotional wellness and a rewarding culture of community and collegiality to develop itself.
My dearest SOTGC community, I hope this post has encouraged you to think of mentorship as a dual opportunity for personal and career development, both as a mentor and mentee.
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