One conversation could make the difference for you starting today.
Last month, I became a formal mentor to a young professional with the Women in Leadership Foundation, and it got me thinking. I could have really used a mentor when I was advancing my career, transitioning to management, working in a new country and more. What I know is that having a mentor is a key person in your corner, supporting you and giving you insights that you may not otherwise gain.
A mentor is a person who helps you develop, learn, discuss concerns and challenge you to reach higher. As I fill the shoes of the mentor I wish I had earlier in my career, I believe there’s many benefits to having a strong mentor in your life.
- Mentors provide a safe place to ask any questions.
- Mentors have been there before.
- Mentors share lessons learned, not just advice.
- Mentors sit outside your immediate work or circle of friends.
- Mentors are usually 5-10 years more senior than you.
- Mentors help you know what to expect for the future.
- Mentors can someone you admire from a distance.
- Mentors are a great sounding board for what’s weighing on your mind.
- Mentors can provide you helpful feedback.
- Mentors can expand your network, and make introductions you need.
- Mentors act as a personal advisory board across your career.
- Mentors develop your professionalism and leadership skills.
- Mentors can make life-long connections.
- Mentors help you see you’re not alone.
- Mentors don’t cost a thing.
My recommendation is to seek out mentors in your life regardless of what level you’re at. Keep learning and reaching towards your potential. To have a mentor, all you need to do is ask. That one question could make the biggest impact on your life now.
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JESSICA MANCA is a certified coach, author, entrepreneur and former management consultant. She founded Managing Mindspaces, a professional coaching firm, providing sensible career and life coaching services to professionals making life-changing decisions.
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