MENTORING IN THE WORKPLACE – MENTOR
A mentor in the workplace is a person who provides guidance to a less-experienced employee (mentee/protégé). A mentor may be another employee of the company or she may be a professional from outside of the company. It is usually between two people who work in a similar field or share similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust, respect and understanding
Mentoring is a powerful personal and career development tool that can enable the mentee to achieve or exceed their life’s goals and aspirations. According to Merriam-Webster a mentor is ‘a trusted counselor or guide’. The knowledge and life experiences shared between the mentor and mentee is dependent on the mentees’ needs.
Mentors can develop leadership skills and gain a personal sense of satisfaction from knowing that they’ve helped someone. Mentees can expand their knowledge and skills, gain valuable advice from a more experienced person, and build their professional networks.
As much as mentoring can be beneficial to the mentee, it can also be extremely beneficial to the mentor. We have already explained the term mentoring in our previous write up. We would be focusing on its benefits to the mentor in this write up. Below are some of the advantages a mentor stands to gain in a mentorship program:
Builds your Confidence
When an individual is given the opportunity to constantly lead a group of other people who look up to him/her, that individual automatically feels more confident about himself and his abilities. Mentorship in the workplace for the mentor is a very strong source of internal motivation which will be expressed in the level of productivity of that individual.
Develop your Leadership Skills
Because a mentor would be having other people look up to him to direct them in the right path, they gradually develop leadership abilities. This is because they are aware of their constant need to reflect what they teach their mentees.
Enhance your Resumé
As a mentor, including your mentorship skills and experience on your CV speaks so much about you. It shows that you can effectively lead a group of people towards a certain goal irrespective of their differences.
Advance your Career Skills
The reason why you were selected as a mentor is that you possess some great skills and a great professional level of career advancement. In a bid to continue being the mentor that you are, you would most often find yourself looking for ways to improve your personal growth, drive increased career advancement as well as increase your level of productivity at the firm.
Increased Interpersonal/Communication Skills
While constantly driving people towards their personal career growth, your communication skills as well as the way you relate and interact with people begins to improve.
Gain personal satisfaction
It can be very personally fulfilling to know that you have directly contributed to someone’s growth and development. Seeing your mentee succeed as result of your input is a reward in itself.