by Helen Moulsley

Benefits for the mentor

As the less experienced of the parties in the mentoring relationship, it may seem at first that the primary beneficiary will be the mentee. While this is undoubtedly true, those who mentor can find themselves benefiting in unanticipated ways. Indeed, if a mentoring relationship is to be successful, there must be something in it for the mentor, not just the mentee.

Here are some of the benefits for the mentor:

  • Visibility to other parts of the organisation
  • Your own personal development – growing by growing others
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Honing your skills, such as coaching, listening, giving feedback and adapting your leadership style
  • Developing self knowledge and self awareness.

While these may be ‘softer’ benefits, there are also things which your mentee can do for you:

  • Share their network of contacts with you
  • Bring their perspective of the organisation and keep you in touch with how things are at the grass roots
  • Give you a temperature check of the organisation – particularly if you are higher up, and may be out of touch or are the recipient of upwardly-managed messages
  • Raise your visibility within parts of the organisation which would not otherwise be aware of you.