Mentoring Others: Why is it so important?

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Good mentoring has plenty of benefits for everyone, from the company and its clients to employees and their mentors. That’s why companies are looking for blue-ribbon employees to train lower rank ones.

Therefore, If you’re considering the possibility of mentoring others, you should read this article that will provide you with a clear vision about what mentoring is, how to start and some practical tips and resources to develop such an important skill for leaders. (and some extra tools! 🛠️ )

Benefits for those involved

Mentoring has tons of benefits for everyone who’s involved in this activity and skill. So, let’s see some of them for each subject which plays a key role:

  • For the mentor

Though we often think of mentors and teachers as the “source of all knowledge,” this idea is fading quickly. Mentors have a lot to gain! 

The mentoring relationship is a two-way street. Mentors become better leaders and communicators as they develop their skills in coaching, listening and giving feedback, which means a lot of learning!

There is also a considerable amount of personal satisfaction involved. Witnessing how much a mentee progresses thanks to your help is incredibly comforting and that’s precisely what I feel after each session from Ignite Mentoring Program, Tech for non-techies, and our regular workshops at Lidr Community PRO.

When you see that person you have guided growing, gaining confidence, you see her facing new challenges she never imagined, and the team as a whole reaching new heights…that’s addictive!

And when they understand that you have been a catalyzer to unleash their full potential and are grateful for that…What you feel then cannot be compared to anything else I felt as a software engineer.

Joao Mendes, CTO at Unlockit and active member of Lidr Community.
  • For the mentee:

When deciding to join a business, most employees don’t have only their income in mind. What most care for is growing as a professional and reach new highs in their careers.

Not doing so can sometimes result in frustration. This, in turn, leads to valuable workers resigning in hopes of finding a more fulfilling job.

According to Get-Merit.com, 73% of underrepresented tech talent leaves because they aren’t growing at their current job.

Through mentoring, mentees gain valuable advice, better problem-solving, leadership skills, and the chance to grow their professional network as well.

In fact, their mentor can act as a sounding board for any workplace or even personal concerns and can advise on long-term career decisions. They can help them understand and navigate the office politics in their organization, work out what career path they want to follow through the company and when to take on leadership opportunities.

At the end, Mentoring it’s one of the most powerful ways to grow personally and professionally, both for junior and senior engineers or managers.

  • For the company:

Employees are the most valuable asset for a company. Without them, we can’t have a business. That’s why most companies invest thousands of dollars in them and their learning in order to unleash their potential which is very beneficial for the company.

As I have mentioned, the wage isn’t the only factor employees have in mind when choosing or staying at a company. Mentoring is an excellent way of attracting and retaining talent. They’ll regard the company as helpful and will think of themselves as part of it. In turn, this contributes to them remaining there.

How can you start as a mentor?

If you’re thinking about mentoring, you should take this into account:

1. Find possible mentees. If you want to do it in a company you already work for, ask your manager about the possibility of onboarding new buddies, interns, or junior teammates. It’s just about to raise your hand and work in your Informal Leadership 

Some bigger companies already have a mentoring program (we can help to set it up if it’s not yet there, click here)

2. Take a look at mentoring platforms. Mentor Cruise and Merit are excellent alternatives.

3. Plato is another great platform for mentoring. Mainly, I really like this one since it was a great help and tool in my beginnings as a mentor.

4. Offer it to your network, both privately or publicly in social networks like Linkedin or Twitter. Make sure you make it clear the topics you would like to mentor on.

5. Lidr Community is also a great way to develop your mentoring performance. A community where you can find minded souls like you and be able to help them along the way. Within this community, you can get free resources about mentoring, attend great discussions and learn.

Actually, in our first learning circle for our Lidr Community PRO members, we had a Mentoring Dojo session, where we performed a role play with the participants in order to let them train and practice their mentoring skills.

6. Not only do you have great tools but you have programs that will help you a lot. Ignite Mentoring Program is one of them and its essence is about helping others along the way and mentoring them in the best possible way by unleashing their full potential.

Nowadays, mentoring has become essential. Not only do companies profit from it, but their employees do it too. Mentors also have a lot to gain from the experience. Therefore, if you are thinking about mentor others, launch a startup and need some support or want to start a mentoring program in order to boost your leadership skills, why not do it today?

 

 

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