Mentorship is often presented as a way for executives to do a good deed, paying forward the philanthropic impulse an older, wiser leader once showed them. Mentorship clearly benefits up-and-coming leaders, teaching them to think critically, expand their professional networks, and propel themselves toward further success. What gets less press is how mentorship benefits mentors.
Benefits of Executive Mentorship
Experience shapes companies, allowing them to rise above the mundane and into the innovative world of corporate expansion. But many successful executives become disconnected from their roots. Whether they’re partnering with an C-suite equal or a younger, less experienced employee, executives gain clear advantages from mentorship programs. So much so that many companies encourage reverse mentorship, a practice which pairs experienced company leaders with freshly hired, entry-level employees. Executives mentoring young leaders often find themselves learning and growing in unexpected ways.
- Mentorship allows C-suite employees to reconnect with the heart of the company, the common worker
- It encourages the development of a strong corporate culture and cohesive company vision
- It reengages leaders with fresh business tactics and workplace trends
- Mentoring a young leader allows older executives to hone skills they’ve put on the backburner
- Mentorship opens new networking avenues for both parties
- It allows executives to mold the future of the company by instilling good business practices in younger members of the corporate team
- Mentors may cultivate useful skills, such as a better understanding of how to use social media to make a professional impact
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