Mentoring is a highly effective tool for professional and personal development. It’s a fantastic way to gain insights into where you want to be and how you can get there. Check out the video below. As Zig Ziglar once said

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.

videoFor mentors, it is about more than dispensing advice. It’s about doing your bit by empowering others to better understand themselves and their aims – and giving them the tools to get there.

One study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business reveals that 80% of CEOs say they have received some form of mentorship. There are many famous examples of business leaders who benefitted from mentoring. For example, during the early days of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg used to turn to Steve Jobs often for guidance and advice.

So why are you more likely to succeed with a mentor? Firstly, mentorship allows you to gain experience and insights that you won’t find in books. A mentor will also give you the encouragement you need to stay confident and motivated. Pragmatically, a well-connected mentor can put you in contact with their network.

To get the most value out of mentorship, find someone who is genuinely interested in helping you. Other important characteristics include a proven track record and comprehensive industry knowledge.

If you want to learn more about how mentorship can help your career, take a look at the video below from Trainwest. It offers practical pointers on how to find a mentor and how to get the most value out of the experience.

 

Would a mentor help you? Do you want to mentor others? Check out more about the joy of mentoring with Learning to Leap’s free e-book.

Thanks for this post and video go to Philip Boschman from  Trainwest, a premier training company based in Perth, Australia.