Welcome! A big thank you for taking time to read this and for considering mentoring. In this post, Jackie Jenks OBE, Leapfrog Mountain’s Founder, talks about the ways in which mentoring could help you to embark on a totally rewarding, enjoyable journey:
Why am I so confident?
After mentoring and being mentored myself, I can see, first-hand, the benefits of it. Through my wider national and international work with mentoring, I am lucky enough to see ‘acres’ of research proving the benefits. The numerous mentors that I have supported on the journey also tell me that they have gained so much from it.
So whilst I am confident you will enjoy mentoring, what other benefits does it bring?
1. The ability to truly help others
As a mentor you are sharing a special gift that it is invaluable – your time. Mentor training will help you use your mentoring time for the utmost long-term good of those you want to help.
2. The ability to truly help yourself
As a mentor we share and develop skills in our training and ongoing support that are intrinsic leadership and life skills: how to listen effectively; how to be aware of unconscious messages; and how to be more emotionally intelligent.
These are transferable skills for home and work. The fascinating thing about a successful mentoring relationship is that you learn just as much yourself as does your mentee – a true win–win for all involved. You will gain skills, confidence and experience that are valuable in all areas of your life.
3. The ability to view things from different perspectives
Often in our work and home life we spend time with people who are very similar to ourselves. We are surrounded by people with similar education, attitudes, and beliefs. Often, we don't even realise how our version of ‘normal’ is seen from different perspectives.
Mentoring gives you an excellent way to meet new people, see different perspectives and learn different things. The mentor training gives you and your mentee a safe framework to do exactly that.
We cover the codes of conduct and throughout the mentor training we explore areas to be careful with so you can support and challenge perspectives in the best way.
4. Meeting new people
Overall, the mentor community is a positive collaborative one that loves to share news and views. The mentor training gives you a chance to benefit from meeting like-minded people like you that genuinely care about making a difference.
5. Developing Your Team and Organisation
The mentor training works brilliantly when it is part of team or organisation-wide development or social impact programme. This way the mentoring training achieves organisational goals for growth, engagement and impact, whilst supporting individuals’ growth too. We support organisations in creating the right mentoring programme for their goals with training and guidance for mentoring programme leaders/ambassadors alongside the mentor training.
So, I hope you decide to take a leap into mentoring in 2023.
Curious to learn more? Why not get in touch for a chat? We look forward to hearing from you!
Don’t just take my word for it…..delegates from previous Leapfrog Mountain training courses have given the following feedback:
“Excellent trainer, very knowledgeable with real life experience and was the perfect person to lead the training as she brought the subject to life in a well delivered programme. It’s made me much better informed about how to be a mentor in my career and to use in my private life. I felt the course was the tip of the iceberg as there was plenty more to discuss if we had more time and more training would be great when we are at the next stage of mentoring.”
Corporate Relationship Director, HSBC
“Having worked with Jackie and Leapfrog Training for almost a year now, I can honestly say that choosing to work together was one of the best career decisions I’ve made. Jackie has directly supported me with a bespoke mentoring programme which has been adapted (sometimes mid-session!) through periods of significant change and growth. A highly intuitive and empathetic leader, Jackie has an uncanny ability to unpick complexity and help you find the right answers with the care and attention of a critical friend. A huge plus point has been the flexibility built into the programme. Key themes are drawn in from Leapfrog’s training material, but sessions are adapted to suit your needs at that time. This is combined with Jackie’s personal experiences and anecdotes which are drawn upon from a very successful and diverse career. Working with Leapfrog has been a hugely beneficial and transformative personal experience which has opened my eyes to the benefits of an effective mentor.”
COO, Capita Consulting