5 Benefits of Being a Mentor
There’s a good reason that many rank teaching among the noblest of jobs. Everything we know, every thought we think, and even every action we take; all of these are directly guided by what we’ve learned: more specifically, by what we’ve been taught. Think of the skills you absorb along your professional path; that knowledge comes not only because you want to learn, but because someone else is willing to teach.
Mentorship is an interesting take on knowledge transfer, as it involves two individuals, both of whom are teaching and learning in tandem. The mentor takes the role of experienced senior in a certain field, planting seeds of insight and immersing proteges in the rich soil of marketable skill and experiential knowledge, carefully guiding an interactive growth process to professional fruition.
This process teaches proteges by example, but mentors themselves engage in a deeper, more reflective kind of learning. They examine and analyze their past to provide beneficial insight to future generations, while also rewriting and reassigning current knowledge to best suit present tasks. To best illustrate just how beneficial being a mentor can be, I’ve laid out mentorships’ 5 major perks below.
You’ll Create Professional Connections
If you’ve any faith in your mentoring skills, you already know those you’ve chosen as mentees will move on strong, becoming professional powerhouses. As mentees, they’ll be grateful to you for taking time to introduce them to your connections, and as professionals, they’ll be glad to actively introduce you into their own connective networks.
You’ll Build Valuable People Skills
As a mentor, you’ll be exposed to an endless mix of potential proteges of every conceivable background and personality profile. Interpersonal skills advance best through repeated unique and challenging interactions, which you’ll see no shortage of. You’ll soon become a master at bridging gaps and facilitating professional community between people of different generations and cultural inclinations.
You’ll Foster Company Talent
If you’re an integral member of your company, the lessons you teach will usually exemplify your own organization. By relying on your business as an example when demonstrating career advancement techniques, you’ll also be encouraging proteges to stay and rise through ranks at the place where their new knowledge most directly applies.
You’ll Gain Fresh Insight
Proteges will occasionally ask questions about why certain rules exist, or why procedures are organized in a certain way. These questions give you a chance to really reflect on how the answers (some of which you may not have thought about since you were a mentee) have evolved, or remained the same for you.
You’ll Leave a Legacy
If you’ve stayed with an organization long enough to become a mentor, chances are some part of you believes the company’s mission, and takes pride in accomplishments which have furthered that cause. If you do care for your company, your graduated proteges are likely a crowning achievement, as you’ve managed to ignite in them the same passion that drives you.