10 Reasons To Have a Mentor at Work

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Most of us go to work to earn, eat and survive. But some of us have the ambition and the will to thrive. We wish to traverse into the unknown and seek heights that appear unscalable. But attaining your goals also needs discipline and guidance. And here steps in experience which comes with exposure and having worked through the steps. This someone has been called a mentor. But who is a mentor? The dictionary defines a mentor as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher and an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

The word originates in Greece in the book Odyssey. Mentor is a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the care and education of Telemachus.

So in the quest to know why a mentor is important, Dr N L Ahuja, Dean, IMT Ghaziabad gives us the reasons:

  1. Perspective and Experience: To make you understand the life goals, a mentor gives you the benefit of his or her perspective and experience that can create diverse opportunities for you to grow in your career journey.
  2. Support and Advice: A mentor helps you to gain confidence from your success, and hold you up in your failures by providing support and advice and developing a leadership quality.
  3. Problem Solving: Sometimes you may put off answering some questions because you are just avoiding the short-term pain. He or she has no problem asking those hard questions and actually prompting you to start doing something about those questions.
  4. Accomplish Life Goals: A mentor can help you look at situations in new ways. He or she helps to set your life goals and ensure that you do not lose focus and achieve your life goals.
  5. Learn To Reflect: Everyone needs positive energy to move forward in his or her career especially when you are expected to learn from your mistakes.  A mentor will let you open up and reflect on things at a level that you have never seen before.
  6. Networking: A mentor can help expand your network of contacts and business acquaintances. A mentor can open doors within your company, in other companies, or onto a board.
  7. Accountability: A mentor brings accountability and makes you fall into the habit of holding yourself accountable for completing your action items. The excitement of completing tasks and seeing the results motivates you even more to strive for achievements you previously thought were impossible.
  8. Career Analyst: A mentor can be a great sounding board for all issues – whether you are having difficulty with your immediate supervisor, an ethical dilemma, or need advice on how to tackle a new project or ask for a raise.
  9. Inspiration: A mentor whose work you admire can be a strong inspiration. You are responsible for your own learning and by seeking a mentor, you are creating an opportunity to grow and be successful.
  10. Work Life Balance: Being in business and corporate world, chances are that you may be neglecting several other parts of your life. Your mentor helps you to assure a good way of living a more balanced life.

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