Our reader poll today asks: How involved are you with mentoring relationships?
- Extremely: I have mentors and serve as a mentor to others 20.69%
- Very: I have a mentor and/or serve as a mentor to one or two people 21.56%
- Somewhat: I have a mentor but don’t mentor others 6.04%
- Somewhat (2): I don’t have a mentor but I do mentor others 37.06%
- Not at all: I’m not involved in any mentoring relationships 14.65%
Learning from experience. Mentoring relationships can be beneficial to all parties involved. For the mentor, it’s an opportunity to build connections, share experiences, and help others develop. For those being mentored, it’s help working through challenging issues by an experienced hand. If you’re in the large groups of respondents who don’t have mentors, consider seeking one out. You don’t have to face challenges alone and it’s okay to ask for help. Those relationships with your mentors can also turn into new opportunities because they’ll be able to point you to others you should know. If you’re not involved in mentoring relationships in any way, consider starting small and getting advice on a real issue you’re facing. Those small steps could blossom into a bigger relationship that rewards both of you.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.