There are several reasons why mentoring can be important, including these five areas I highlighted in an earlier Teams365 blog post:
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.
Things to consider when selecting a mentor:
What are the skills you would like to grow in?
What experiences would you like to learn more about?
What type of support do you want from a mentor?
What are your overall goals for the experience?
We also know from research that mentoring relationships can benefit from some structure and an ongoing cadence of meetings. What are you doing to ensure that conversations continue to flow?
Enjoy the conversations!
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