Want to make a difference in someone’s life? Become a mentor.
Academia has a long tradition of mentorship, but the concept has become more widespread. Mentoring involves coaching techniques such as inquiry in order to discover an individual’s character and abilities, as well as areas of potential growth.
Mentors, like coaches, challenge assumptions and help individuals learn more about themselves in order to become more successful. Mentorship provides an avenue for individualized teaching as well as development.
Such an approach is especially appreciated by millennials, the 73 million or so individuals born between 1980 and 1996.
According to “What Millennials Want from Work and Life,” a new study by the Gallup Organization, young employees seek purpose as well as development that leverages their strengths so they can become better at what they do.
Mentors do matter, and in the process they feel enriched by the knowledge that they have enabled someone else to benefit from their personal commitment.