Today’s leaders and managers face increased demands, including numerous and more complex challenges and less stability. As demands and challenges increase, mentoring relationships can help managers and leaders adapt, learn and grow into meeting the new pressures and demands head on. A mentoring program can ensure your leaders perform consistently well.
At first glance, a mentoring program may appear like something else to do, a new requirement or an energy sink. A deeper look reveals a hidden strategy that can give your organization a competitive edge.
For starters, effective mentors sharpen their leadership in the mentoring process. As they assist mentees, they have the opportunity to reflect and get clarity on their own leadership. Mentoring gives mentors the space and freedom to identify patterns and articulate how they apply their expertise and experience to create momentum and drive results.
Mentoring also helps leaders view the organization in a new holistic light around functions, politics and culture. In addition, the best mentors get personal satisfaction and fulfillment from the mentoring relationship. If your leaders are feeling unfulfilled, worn or jaded, becoming a mentor can give them a personal boost.