BENEFITS OF BEING A MENTOR

Associate Director, Brandon Wilson, speaking to high school students

Associate Director, Brandon Wilson, speaking to high school students

Mentoring is more than the transfer of advice, experience, insights and information. The mentor/mentee relationship offers reciprocal benefits for mentors willing to invest their time in developing another professional. Mentoring relationships are a mutual opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees, and that mentoring has enabled them to:

  • Have fun
  • Be recognized as a subject matter expert and leader
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures
  • Develop personal leadership and coaching style
  • Develop a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Reflect on personal successes, professional goals and best practices
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work
  • Be exposed to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches

Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to their mentee, and even to be changed by their relationship.