What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.
What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
~ Albert Pine
Can you think of a time when someone impacted your career and invested time with you to help you achieve your career goals? Do you ever find yourself repeating the same words or performing the same actions once taught to you by your mentor?
Most of today’s finest C-level professionals were once influenced by yesterday’s company experts. The invaluable lessons learned through mentoring pave the way for future, proving to be instrumental in employee retention and the immortality of the company. Playing a key role in personal and professional achievements, the practice of mentoring passes on the core values of the company and secures future growth.
Almost always, the mentor is someone who is older, a senior executive that has been there and done that, with skills and character that greatly motivate, challenge and influence the way a younger employee thinks or behaves. Ideally, the mentor believes in the employee’s abilities, sees potential and encourages a “nothing is impossible” attitude. You can begin to see how the mentoring relationship creates vision and boosts confidence and employee morale.
Everyone in the industry needs guidance, not just new recruits. The best new talent will thrive in an environment that is dedicated to development and where they will have the greatest chance of growing professionally. Better than a job description, mentoring brings employees up to speed and helps navigate the learning curve that is inherent in any new role and relationship.
Mentoring in today’s business world takes time and significant commitment, and it’s becoming less of a common practice. But as companies struggle with making a comeback from the recent economic recession, mentoring will develop young talent and engage employees without expensive training courses. It plays a vital role in educating new associates in a way that increases skills by inspiring rather than training. This internal motivation holds great promise and is the key to success-driven employees. And it can even decrease turnover. The pearls of wisdom passed on through each generation are infinite. Retaining these employees assures that your values and visions will live on indefinitely.
Mentoring matters. If you’ve been fortunate enough in your lifetime to have been influenced by someone who has impacted your career, consider yourself lucky. Where would you be today without your mentor? How good of a professional would you be?