Why become a mentor?
Mentors often cite they want 'to put something back' into the system - especially if they've had a good experience that they want to 'pass on', and to help a less experienced colleague progress ('if only I'd known then what I know now').
Transferable skills development - the skills needed to be a mentor (see below) are transferable to wide range of contexts to assist career progression, including management - organizations need good 'people managers' with active listening skills and good judgment of someone's skills and potential. The mentoring relationship enables you to:
- develop strengths (yours and theirs)
- check assumptions (yours and theirs)
- work with people from different contexts and backgrounds
- practice offering positive and constructive feedback
- learn from others
- motivate, advise and support whilst empowering someone to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their own actions and development
The rewards of seeing someone you've helped progress and succeed are immeasurable