Why you should mentor
Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them achieve early success. So my question for you, if you’re in your 50s or 60s, is: If you’re not mentoring someone, why not? It should be part of your legacy.
Generally, someone who mentors is older, experienced and interested in helping a younger man or woman improve specific skills and develop as a total person over time. When you are a mentor, your relationship with the individual you’re supporting is more complex than it is when you’re a coach, consultant or adviser; those roles are more task- or skill-oriented and typically involve a shorter timeframe.
- Why Should You Mentor?
Mentoring isn’t just useful for the person you’re assisting, it’s great for you in a variety of ways. For one thing, mentoring provides that wonderful feeling you get when you help someone and make a difference in his or her life.
In addition, being a mentor can help yourcareer. You’ll be challenged to stay at the top of your game to provide your charge with up-to-date advice. This will make you even better at what you do and a more valuable employee to your boss.
What’s more, sharing with a younger colleague what you’ve learned and the mistakes you’ve made enables your organization to progress at a faster pace, with greater productivity. A side benefit: Your boss will see that you can work successfully with the next generation of rising stars because you understand the way they think and act.
Mentoring will likely also inspire fresh ideas since you’ll be stepping out of your normal circle of friends and associates.
But mentoring can also be a boon if you’re retired or nearing that stage of your life.
Retirees often feel isolated, crave more social interaction and need ways to stay cognitively challenged. They also want to do things that feel meaningful and help them retain a sense of purpose. Mentoring helps you deal with all of those issues. Studies have shown that the more active you are, the healthier you are, so mentoring at this age can be beneficial physically and mentally.
- More on How can you mentor reading http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2013/06/24/why-you-should-mentor-and-how-to-do-it/