The Benefits of a Mentoring Relationship
A mentor is someone who helps another person achieve goals. A mentor is expected to have a long term relationship with the mentee and to challenge the mentee to do better and see more clearly. A person can benefit not only from being a mentee but also from being a mentor. Allen reports that people “who serve as a mentor to others report greater salary, greater promotion rates, and stronger subjective career success than do individuals without any experience as a mentor to others”. (Allen, March 2006) Everyone should seek the opportunity to be in a mentoring relationship from both perspectives to improve personal and professional lives. The responsibility for directing the mentoring experience lies with the mentee. As a mentee, begin by defining your mentoring goals and choose a mentor with these goals in mind. Discuss goals and expectations with your mentor. Enjoy the time being mentored and make the most of it to reach your goals. Learn to accept constructive criticism from your mentor. When giving feedback to your mentor, always be courteous. Communicate clearly when you periodically reevaluate the mentoring relationship. If you decide to end the mentoring relationship, do so on good terms. (Lakoski, 2009) Expect benefits from being mentored. You establish networks both professionally and personally. Your mentor encourages you by offering new approaches to work on weaknesses revealed though feedback. As you create more areas of strength, you grow in your sense of competency and identity. A mentor introduces you to new ideas, habits, and people. This experience shows you the importance of having a mentor and being a mentor throughout your life. (Stone) Benefits to mentoring others are often overlooked; however, mentoring is worth the time and effort. You develop relationships with people who share young, fresh, and new ideas for you. You share your knowledge that can only be gained through experience. Your...
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