How to Develop Leadership Skills Through Mentoring
In addition to the feel-good benefits that come by helping others, learn how you can develop your professional leadership skills through mentoring.
In today's world of work, it is often up to the individual to own their career success
. Unfortunately, this often includes seeking out your own opportunities for professional development. The good news is, that regardless of the budget you have to invest in these new skillsets, there are many ways to grow professionally without spending a dime. One way to do this is through the practice of professional mentoring. In addition to the feel good benefits that comes from helping others, mentoring is a wonderful way to develop your professional leadership skills and gain valuable experience (that might not otherwise be available to you in your current role).
The benefits of mentoring for the mentee are well known. But let's talk about the benefits of mentoring for the mentor:
Mentoring allows you to give something back— to the organization, but also to a younger person
You can share your valuable knowledge and experience, which boosts your own confidence and sense of self-worth
It allows you to practice your active listening skills - a leadership skill that comes in handy when you're trying to collect feedback from your teams or brainstorm solutions
Being a mentor builds your interpersonal skills - a valuable asset in negotiations and team building
You are able to build connections, and your professional network
You learn about company resources you may not have known existed, and identify talent that might fill an opening on your team
Mentoring can inspire new enthusiasm for your own career path
You can gain a sense of satisfaction about your personal brand, and the valuable knowledge you offer your organization
All of these benefits assist you in your ongoing professional development, and provide a great opportunity to improve your own prospects for future development and advancement.
In today's Human Age, budgets are often low and your manager may not know the best ways to invest in your professional growth. Don't wait for someone else to provide you with opportunities to develop your leadership skills. Be proactive, serve as a mentor for someone else, and enjoy the benefits to your personal peace of mind and professional development.