Before, we get into the details of the pleasures we can derive from mentoring, I’d like to narrate my experience as a Mentee. Some of the most remarkable people I’ve come across are my Mentors and there have been so many of them that it would be challenging to narrate about all of them.
There are of course, some, who not just made a difference to me because of their self less dedication towards mentoring, but for their positive personalities and the joy I’ve derived from interacting with their lovely families.
Like in the case of Kannan, who apart from his impressive knowledge about training resources and trends has always been a pleasure to know along with his dear family. His and another dynamic Mentor, Radhika’s continuous encouragement and the interactions that began years ago, continues today on a level that enhances our appreciation for self development.
Every one of us, whether we are a Mentee or a Mentor, have the opportunity to help someone lead an even better and more fulfilled existence. Each of us, in the process get to know wonderful people who light up our lives with their wisdom and optimism. People who may be very different from us but share certain significant beliefs that we possess, eg: continuous improvement as a way of life.
As a Mentor, we have the opportunity of enjoying helping someone become substantially better in some area in their life.
Mentors grow wiser and learn to improve with a sense of serene reflection on the learning process as they help others to bloom. It is a learning that also questions the Mentor’s existent knowledge and expertise. It is a process that reminds them of the improvement they need to make for better understanding of their area of expertise.
A Mentor’s desire to make the world a better place affects their own attitude to their work. Mentoring is after all given time during commitments of the day. Work is managed better when the time of Mentoring is also prioritised just like any other engagement in the day.
As a race, we all have a conscious or subconscious wish to make a difference to the world we live. Mentoring enables us to make the difference to the life of one person or many. This positive impact that we seek also improves our own self esteem. The process of Mentoring allows the Mentor to reach their potential through both personal development and professional development. Through the efforts in improving an individual, the interaction, the camaraderie and the reflection of teaching methodologies involved, Mentoring makes a positive impact on a wide spectrum of areas in the Mentor’s life.
The opportunity to work with individuals hailing from different countries and cultural diversities, increases the Mentor’s awareness, respect for individual differences and cultural tolerance. As we know, preconceived notions and beliefs are often brought about by wrong assumptions about information that lack investigation or research. Mentoring is one way that allows the mentor to throw away prejudices and bias about people and that affect the understanding of the world we live in.
A Mentor’s interaction with the Mentee is enhanced with tolerance and patience. This improved level of patience is an advantage when dealing or interacting with children – be it our own or others.
The Mentor Mentee relationship is one that can be enriching to both for the mutual learning they experience.
The Mentor enhances the life of the Mentee with hope, improvement and through interaction teaches the significance of social responsibility. For the Mentor, the relationship with the Mentee is one that is a reminder of the duty that each of us have as an active and responsible member of society.