So why is mentoring so important?
Well, it makes a greater difference to the individuals involved, any organisations involved and the wider UK Plc than the intervention itself.
It’s a powerful self development tool that really adds true value through 7 key ways:
Insight, knowledge and experience all shared within a trusted relationship on the mentees agenda mean that knowledge isn’t wasted. It also means knowledge grows as it’s only used in mentoring as a tool to help the mentees reflection and journey not to advise. This means their insights help give extra meaning and applications of that knowledge to the mentor too. This often leads to greater insights that benefit all involved especially in an employer setting.
Building Emotional Intelligence
The greater skills we all develop in this critical area mean greater harmonious relationships in all areas of our lives. Mentoring gives the space for these skills to develop. Interestingly we see through our training and programmes that these skills equally develop in both mentor and mentee. That’s great for business overall as well as for individual benefit.
I’ve yet to meet a mentor who doesn’t enjoy mentoring with a passion. It is meaningful engagement with people, whether it’s volunteering or on a professional paid basis. The most often cited benefit for mentees is that they grow in confidence which also increases positivity. As we all know positivity spreads and makes a huge difference to everyone around. It’s much more fun and useful to have positive energy and mindsets around you. Find out more in our Energy Skills Programme.
Showing Human Value
I often talk about the human return on investment which is just as valuable as financial return on investment. Any organisation that invests in mentoring programmes is investing in the growth of their people and organisation. It’s a proven tool to increase the engagement and skills of all involved. I think the 3 pillars of sustainable growth are relevant here too. All three are needed for great growth:
People – The heart of every organisation
Planet – The wider community, stakeholders as well as the pure planet
Profit – To ensure investment and operations can continue
And they are needed in equal respect and balance to enable sustainable business growth.
One of a mentor’s skills is having a wide network of people that they know and trust from various areas, not just their area of expertise. This means mentors are focussed on collaborative working which generally fosters that thinking in their mentee. One of the important points of the mentoring code of practice is that a mentor will not operate beyond the bounds of their areas and will wherever possible signpost or introduce to other support. This means natural collaborative attitudes are developed through mentoring. A powerful tool for both organisations and the individuals involved.
Learning a Growth Mindset
Mentoring explores issues and what can be fine to improve perspectives and/or outcomes which develops breadth of view. Critically too having a growth mindset where you learn from issues and mistakes rather than brew over them helps create a strong resilience. String resilience means less stress and more productivity. With the mentors too we explore a lot of work in our training on reflective practice as a tool for both self development and improving mentoring quality.
To be a great mentor means mentoring with an open and non-judgemental mind. That’s a great place to start to understanding and respecting people that are totally different to yourself in any way. If you support mentoring external to your workplace too then one of the key benefits is meeting people from a different walk of life to yourself. This gives valuable insight and respect for other’s views benefitting us all.
Happy Mentoring 😊
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