Mentoring Benefits Everyone by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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As a successful leader it’s likely you’ve had mentors in your life who have helped you to learn the skills for success. You no doubt look at those people with gratitude for all they’ve taught you. Hopefully, you have also started to mentor others to help grow business leaders for the future. It’s important to remember how many benefits come from mentoring, for both parties involved. index

As a mentor, you gain great satisfaction from helping see another business person grow into their potential as a leader. As you see them develop bigger and better skills, it may also encourage you to learn more and have additional personal growth. After all, you have to continue to have something to give! In fact, you may learn as much from the person you are mentoring as they learn from you. Younger business people have had different experiences than you had when you were starting out. You may find that they offer a great deal to you in terms of ideas and understanding of new technology and trends.

As a mentee, you stand to gain a great deal of education from your mentor. They can help you to avoid pitfalls by learning from their past experiences. They can help to encourage you when it seems that you’ll never reach your goals. It’s likely they’ve had the same feeling, yet overcome the same kinds of obstacles to succeed.

Watching your mentor can also inspire you to mentor others. Though you may not be as seasoned as your mentor, you are still far more seasoned than some other business people. You may feel the need to begin working with young employees at your business, or with others in the community to share the lessons you’ve already learned, even as you continue to learn, as well.

The cycle of mentoring and learning is never ending. We can always give something to another person, even though we may have much to learn, as well. There is nothing more gratifying than pouring yourself into someone else, no matter your station. And, there is nothing more beneficial than learning the important lessons of leadership from those who have been leaders for a longer period of time.

Mentoring Our Future Leaders by Cindy Stradling CSP,CPC

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As a business leader, there’s no doubt that you understand the importance of giving back to your community. There are many ways you can use your experience and expertise to help out, but likely none is more important than mentoring. images

Mentoring helps ensure that our communities grow business leaders for the future. Too often, young people come out of school with an education but little practical experience and few resources to help them develop into their careers. As a mentor, you can provide this additional resource for young business people to help them develop into community pillars like yourself.

There are many different ways you can become a mentor. The easiest is to hire some young people in your business, and commit to helping them learn as they earn. This allows you to mentor them on a daily basis, and allows them to see a business leader in action regularly. It also makes it easier for you to fit mentoring into your schedule. Take the time to talk with your young employees about their goals and interests so that you can provide targeted help. Once they realize you are offering to be more than a boss, they’ll begin to come to you for advice and help in planning their future.

Another option for mentoring young people is by signing up for a mentoring program through your local high school or college. These programs pair business leaders with students who show an interest in a similar career. As you mentor these young people, you’ll be able to share your experience and provide advice on job interviewing, education and help teach them learn what’s expected in the business world. Your experience can help better prepare them for their first job and can provide them a resource to help when they have questions or need to make important decisions about their future.

Mentoring is a great way to help ensure there will be leaders like yourself in the future of business. Putting time into your community by helping young people achieve their business goals ensures you leave a legacy that will impact your area long after you’ve retired.