Mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship forged between a more experienced business person and someone who is less experienced to help them to achieve their goals and boost their morale. According to research over 70% of business owners who use mentors will survive in business twice as long as those who don’t. When undertaken effectively, it offers benefits to both parties, but it is first and foremost a supportive and encouraging relationship that focuses on the needs of the mentoree.
With mentoring, the budding entrepreneur is guided and supported so they can reach their highest potential.
For example, during his early days immersed in growing Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg consulted with mentor Sean Parker and was noted as saying: “Few people are as smart as he is.”
The top benefits of having a mentor for your business include:
Mentoring is also beneficial in a wider sense because it can act as a strategic way to develop and nurture active partnerships within your business community. Not only will individuals benefit from mentoring, but so could the entire company, through improved staff morale and engagement, enhanced management leadership skills, and strengthened company culture.
Exposure to new ways of thinking
A new perspective on challenges you’re facing
Someone to ‘lend an ear’ when you need to vent or talk through your thought processes
Advice on how to develop your strengths and overcome your weaknesses
Strategies for growing your business
An opportunity to gain knowledge and develop new skills
The possibility of increased recognition and visibility within your industry through networking
Even the most well-known entrepreneurs, including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, had mentors. Mentoring is usually a one-to-one relationship and is frequently undertaken on a voluntary basis. There are also benefits offered to the mentor in this process.
Mentors who are willing to invest their own time and energy into the development of another entrepreneur will enjoy a personal sense of achievement and service, as well as recognition as an authority in their field, exposure to fresh ideas, personal development in terms of their own leadership style, and an opportunity to reflect on and realign their goals.