Mentoring Programs Can Boost Self-Confidence & Pursuit of Dreams
As we begin looking at mentoring programs as a tool for employee development and retention, we first examine the benefits. Overwhelmingly, those who participate in mentoring programs identify “self-confidence” as one of their top development needs. Learning from someone who has the necessary experience in what you want to achieve can boost your self-confidence, and mostly drive and confidence are gained through a personal relationship between the mentor and mentee, that gives the mentee the needed boost to pursue their dreams.
Why is self-confidence so important? The Art of Mentoring consultancy sees increased self-confidence as one of the most important goals in employee development: “Self-confidence is not only important to the individual, it is pivotal to the organisation. A self-confident individual knows his or her own value and is better able to articulate it, is likely to run more successful meetings, operate with greater autonomy and step up to a leadership position when needed.” They believe mentor support of the mentee helps boost that confidence, with the remaining confidence coming from maturity and life experience.
Mentoring is actually a two-way relationship and both the mentor and the mentee will learn something from any mentoring program. When it comes to self-confidence, the mentee definitely gains, however, the mentor also benefits. Many mentors describe gaining confidence in their abilities from having someone look up to them as a role model, as so happens in the mentor-mentee relationship.
Clarify Goals & Expectations to Make the Most of Mentoring Programs
At the start of any mentoring program, both the mentor and the mentee are encouraged to clarify their goals and expectations they hope to achieve from the relationship. Together, they create a well-designed plan and follow a specific course of action. Some of these goals may include development of:
- A realistic perspective on career goals and progress
- Exposure to varied experiences and perspectives
- Access to powerful sources of information
- Access to resources within the industry
- A wider network of contacts
- Lacking skills that are required for career advancement
- A foundation for a lasting professional career
- A support system to be utilized during the critical stages of career growth
The mentor should not be doing everything for the mentee; as with self-confidence, some things need to be learned with age and experience. Also, the mentee needs to be open to the mentor’s ideas and suggestions and first try implementing these suggestions to see progress. Feedback on this progress especially from the mentor can be critical in helping to gain confidence in your abilities while also perfecting your skills.
Mentees must have the willingness to learn and adapt to the different situations as well as the desire to listen to feedback and take it on. The mentor is simply a person to count on for advice and suggestions; they should not be responsible for completely building your self-confidence on their own. Mentoring should not be seen as the easy way out; rather, it should be seen as a tool that will help you grow further in your career and in life.
A mentoring program is only successful if both the mentee and the mentor believe in themselves and their ability to do great things in life. While the mentor will provide guidance during the mentoring program, the mentee’s success is entirely up to them.
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