What is a Mentor?
A mentor is a trusted guide who motivates, inspires, and supports people to achieve their goals and aspirations. A mentoring relationship can be formal or informal, and is focused on achieving the goals and aspirations of the mentee.
How do I know if I need a Mentor?
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What does a Mentor do?
A mentor serves as a coach, sounding board, and voice of reason. Professional mentors are trusted resources who are skilled at:
Identifying behaviors that are holding you back
Inspiring you to be brave and take on new challenges
Asking challenging questions
Developing your leadership skills
Providing insight into navigating corporate culture and office politics
Determining how to gain exposure and visibility within an organization
Identifying high impact networking opportunities
Developing change agility
Are there statistics on the benefits of having a Mentor?
In addition to testimonials, the follow statistics demonstrate the value of effective mentoring:
96% of executives say mentoring is an important development tool (Source: Account Temp)
95% of mentoring participants said the experience motivated them to do their very best (Source: The War for Talent)
86% of more than 2,220 CFO's (Chief Financial Officer) said that having a mentor is important for career development (Source: Account Temp)
77% of companies say mentoring programs increase staff retention (Source: The Center for Creative Leadership)
75% of executives point to mentoring as playing key roles in their careers (Source: ASTD)
65% of women who have been mentored will go on to become mentors themselves (Source: Catalyst)
44% of CEOs list mentoring programs as one of the three most effective strategies to enhance women's advancement to senior management (Source: Dr. Belle Ragins for Catalyst)
CEOs attribute mentoring as one of the top three factors affecting career growth (Source: AccountTemps survey of Fortune 500 companies)
Employees who received mentoring were promoted 5 times more often than people who didn't have mentors (Source: Sun Microsystems)