Have you ever thought about being a mentor? It might seem like a lot of work (and it is), but becoming a mentor can be a truly rewarding experience, and there are many benefits to becoming a mentor.
You’ll Become A Better Communicator
As a mentor, you’ll be communicating with people frequently. Although you likely already have strong communication skills, to begin with, becoming a mentor will only strengthen and improve your skills beyond what you are already capable of accomplishing.
Mentoring is also a great way to prepare for a supervisory role in your non-mentoring life, as you will be better at knowing how to direct people to do things.
You’ll Expand Your Network
As a mentor, you will be exposed to lots of new people and places. This will help to expand your social network. For those who aren’t always the best at networking, this can help you create a valuable network of people. You also never know what lifelong friendships may be formed between you and someone you may end up mentoring.
You’ll Learn About Yourself
There is no better way to learn about who you are and what you excel at in life than when you spend time mentoring someone else. Teaching someone else can help you with your journey of self-reflection and show you areas of your life that you may need to improve. You may also learn how to improve on these abilities to help you be successful in another career in the future.
You’ll Gain Empathy
When you work with other people, you get to see glimpses of their journey and how they handle their life. These glimpses will help teach you empathy. Empathy is a very powerful emotion as it is absolutely necessary when it comes to relationship building. If you don’t have empathy, you might as well not worry about expanding your network or becoming a better communicator at all.
When it comes to the benefits that come with being a mentor, they are clearly powerful and life-changing. But the main skills you will gain from being a mentor are communicating and building your network. Besides just that, you will also gain empathy, which can come in handy in many areas of your life. You’ll also have time to learn about yourself. You might not gain any of these things if you don’t engage in some form of mentorship.