Mentoring can play a key role in any leadership strategy. Today many companies are providing both formal and informal mentoring programs as part of their support for leaders and emerging leaders.
Today’s blog post explores five ways mentors can be a valuable resource:
First, mentors provide a practical view of what leadership is really like. They can provide you with insights about what it really takes to get things done, or skills you really need to have.
Mentors are usually very generous in sharing their stories and insights. These real-life insights are invaluable, and help new leaders get the “inside scoop”
Mentors often have a wider lens of the industry you operate within. They can provide useful contacts or recommendations about people you will want to connect with in your industry.
A forth reason of how mentors are important is in providing you with an insiders view of politics and culture of an organization
Finally, mentors play a key role in being a conduit. They are a great “go to” person for all those questions you can’t talk with, with your manager.
For more resources and support around mentoring, please visit the Mentor Roadmap, resources I have created with fellow colleague Susan Combs. You can learn more about the mentor training, and support services we offer at the Mentor Roadmap(TM).
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Leadership | Teamwork | Coaching | Mentoring
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