Mentorship is all about growth, which is why young professionals are often told to seek out mentors on their path to success. But what about experienced executives who may serve as mentors for up-and-coming colleagues without having their own? Do they need mentors?
The answer is YES! Here are four reasons why:
Being a leader in business can sometimes feel lonely. Having a peer mentor is a great way to remind yourself that you're not in this alone, that you can - and should - ask for help and that strong relationships are part of a healthy working life.
2. A sounding board
Strong relationships are not just important emotionally; they're good business. When you can freely discuss problems, ask questions, seek advice, and troubleshoot solutions with someone you trust, you become more confident in your decisions, knowing you've got two brains looking at possible outcomes rather than one. Surprisingly, that may be even more important for executives than for younger professionals, since leaders often must make decisions that have a greater impact on the company as a whole. When you can turn to a network of peers facing similar problems and challenges, the feedback and ideas can save you time, money and resources – while advancing you and the business.
3. Professional growth
Good networking strategies don't expire once you've reached a certain level in your career. Having a mentor whom you trust and admire can help connect you to other people or groups with similar traits. Expanding your network will keep you exposed to new ideas, industries, trends, and options that you may not have otherwise considered. How often have you wondered what others would do in a similar situation? With the Advanced Practices Council, you have a network of Fortune 500 C-level IT executives and senior leaders to learn from, share with and, collectively, achieve big things in your life – and for your organizations.
4. Personal growth
Good mentors will be honest about your strengths, weaknesses, and areas that need improvement. Strong leaders always reassess the ways they can contribute to their company's success, and mentors can offer the constructive praise and criticism to foster this growth.
Bob Proctor defines a mentor as "someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." Everyone can benefit from that. So don't worry about finding someone older and wiser whose career path was exactly like yours. Identify someone whose opinion you respect, whose character you trust, and who will be honest with you. That's a great mentor. And, those are the folks you work with, network with, grow with, and share with in the Advanced Practices Council.