January is National Mentoring Month, and it’s no secret that time is a valuable thing. Just a little bit of time spent giving advice or spreading your expertise to someone who needs it can make a huge impact. The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to get involved in a mentoring program by either volunteering your skills to the community or taking on a mentee within your organization.
In fact, history has been shaped by leaders who themselves were mentored. In classical history, take for instance Aristotle, who was mentored by Socrates, who then went on to mentor Alexander the Great, one of the greatest rulers in European history. Martin Luther King Jr., whose influence and message has had a big impact on our society today, was mentored by Howard Thurman, his professor at Boston University, who passed on the message of nonviolent resistance from his time learning from Mahatma Gandhi.
Becoming a mentor can lead to unlimited opportunities: mentees can find a source of support from someone who is invested in their success; mentorships create relationships (and gratitude) that lasts for a lifetime; mentors impart positive values and creates a commitment to learning and betterment. Having a good mentor while you’re developing your professional skills is a priceless gift you can give, all you need to do is give a little of your time.
Getting involved in mentoring within your business or organization has been proven to help increase business profitability and longevity. After all, employees are one of a business’ greatest assets. As a leader, making yourself available to mentor your team can be a worthwhile and long-lasting investment in your business. Some recommend spending as much as 20% of your time mentoring your team, but just a little bit can go a long way. Here are a few of the benefits of employee mentorship:
Employee Loyalty and Retention: Creating an employee-based mentoring program shows your employees that you are invested in their growth and success. In fact, studies show that employees who have been mentored by organization leaders tend to stay at their companies longer.
Developing Stronger Leaders: The old saying goes, it’s best to lead by example. Spending a little time mentoring your employees prepares them to be the future leaders of your company. This will help ensure your legacy carries on through many prosperous generations.
Creating Organizational Balance: Working one-on-one with your employees gives you the time to realize their strengths. This can help you better delegate your day-to-day workload into their very capable hands. It shows your team that you trust them to handle the menial tasks and allows you to focus on more intricate business strategies.
Businesses that invest in mentorship programs for the community also provide an invaluable resource for future leaders. According to a survey of 1.8 million at-risk young adults by The National Mentoring Partnership, those that have been mentored showed increased motivation to get a college degree, participated in team sports and extracurriculars, held a leadership position in a club or at school, and volunteered in the community at significantly higher rates.
Further, the survey found that one in three young people are without a mentor. Businesses can fill this need by volunteering to join community mentorship programs. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available on the internet to connect businesses with community mentorship programs. Here are a few mentorship programs, but we encourage business leaders to reach out to their local community mentorship programs as well:
Being a mentor to someone within your organization or in the community can have a long-lasting impact. Sharing your mentorship efforts by using seedership can help inspire more to take up the reigns as well. Let us help you spread the word of your good deeds. Sign up for a free 30 day trial of seedership and start planting the seeds of kindness within your community today.