For years, finding a mentor has been advocated as a career and personal development practice. In 2020, more individuals than ever want a mentor, and more organisations are trying to provide mentoring in the workplace as a learning and development initiative.
The benefits of mentoring are vast, for both the person being mentored, the person doing the mentoring, and the organisations they work at. Countless studies have been carried out on the positive effects mentoring can have, from confidence, to mental health, to promotion likelihood.
There's a lot to read about mentoring on the internet. But if you want a summary of all the best mentoring statistics and research on its effects, we've done the reading for you and compiled it all in one place!
So whether you're looking to learn more about mentoring, or need some killer stats to support your mentoring program at work, look no further...
You matter … pass it on, become a mentor! Every January, the mentoring movement unites in celebration of National Mentoring Month and uses the power of our collective voice to recruit new mentors for teens, adults, and drive meaningful change for all individuals. This month-long celebration of mentoring is full of exciting opportunities to grow the movement and raise awareness about the power of relationships.
Mentoring has a positive impact on youth and the volunteer mentor. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships bring about powerful and positive changes in youth. Mentored youth have a greater chance of avoiding negative influences, such as substance abuse, bullying or dropping out of school. (guider-ai.com/blog/mentoring-statistics-the-research-you-need-to-know)
One in three youth grows up without a positive adult role model to look up too. The need for positive role models is extremely vital as families deal with the stress of unemployment, illnesses and lack of support. There is no better time than National Mentoring Month to reach out to one of our amazing mentors. Just click the contact tab above to get in touch!
Research from the Korn Ferry Institute supports this paradigm shift in perceptions about coaching. The research found that most people rate "coaching and developing others" among the top three most important leadership competencies, according to 360-degree assessments. Although this competence is rated highly, it is consistently the least practiced competency worldwide. Why does this knowing/doing gap exist? Leaders say it is because they do not have enough time; they do not know a proven process; and/or they feel it will slow down their immediate performance. These reasons, dare we say excuses-carry serious risks. If you don't take the time to coach and develop team members now, you will pay for it later-guaranteed.
Using a haphazard, gut-feel coaching approach, only when it is convenient, yields haphazard results. If you neglect coaching to drive short-term results, you will handicap your team's ability to sustain performance over time. Coaching your team is the ultimate pay-me-now or pay-me-later leadership proposition. Applying a consistent approach to coaching others is fun-damental to leadership excellence today.
Sources: Kevin Cashman, "Leadership from the inside out: Eight Pathways to Mastery," Forbes.com
The power of positive coaching, Lee J. Colin, PhD & Julie Davis-Colan