Mentoring is a relationship which results into growth and success in personal and professional life. Mentoring is always development and direction driven which helps to achieve goals in all walks of life.
Sometimes, companies and professionals are hesitant to accept the need of it. But for companies to retain employees’ experience and expertise, and to create a workforce that balances their professional and personal life well, mentoring is highly recommended.
Typically, professionals deny mentoring due to their lack of understanding between coaching and mentoring. While coaching gives you goal-focused training and knowledge, mentoring is empowering you to believe in your dreams; it allows you to see the bigger picture, when sometimes it is hidden from your own view due to stress, workload or any other problem.
Studies show that most people who succeed have a mentor. Sometimes it’s difficult to see our own strengths and weaknesses and we stop challenging ourselves and unknowingly create a saturated environment. Mentors can help us to understand ourselves and can give the benefit of their own knowledge and experiences.
According to Kathy Kram, (Kram is the Richard C. Shipley professor in management and an expert in the field of mentoring) mentors provide two types of roles- first, career development roles which involve coaching, sponsoring advancements, providing challenging assignments, protecting protégés from adverse forces and fostering positive visibility. Second, mentors provide psycho-social roles which involve personal support, friendship, counselling, acceptance and role-modelling. Research indicates that employees with positive mentoring experience recognition, promotion, pay and career satisfaction.
Mentoring is essential for women who take a break in their career for some reasons. A mentor can help them navigate their hiatus to advancements in career. Mentoring can help youth as well, as they go through the transitions of life which includes stressful changes at home that demands responsibility and maturity or transitioning to adult hood which needs a career to sustain in this fast paced world.
To sum it up, I would only like to say – “Don’t limit yourself to one person”.
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