By Jan Murray on Friday 28th September 2018
So who can we go to for wisdom we can trust? Where can we turn for experienced advice to help us improve performance? The answer is increasingly, mentors.
"Mentoring makes a difference"
That's what 82 percent of women professionals who participated in a LinkedIn study say, calling mentorship a "critical component" of career success.
The most powerful executives acknowledge their mentors. For example, technology executive and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg pays homage to her mentor, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers for whom she worked in pre-Facebook days.
Mentors are important agents in facilitating career mobility and professional fulfilment. They can provide a unique perspective and advice and can make the difference between a promising candidate and a successful one. Those fortunate enough to have benefitted from good mentors know this to be true.
Mentoring can make an impact, and thus positively influence career advancement and improve performance by:
Mentoring plays a particularly important role in the advancement of young professionals. They may be reluctant to ask for assistance and thus may not develop the skills and tools necessary for advancement.
Investing in the young professionals in your organisation by offering the opportunity to connect to mentors who can provide guidance, support and knowledge, will help provide the succession planning you need for the future success of your organization.