I don't care how old you are or where you are in your career arc. You have the ability to mentor someone. Here's why you'll be the better for it.
- It sharpens your skills. As a mentor, you learn the delicate balancing act of keeping an open mind, asking pertinent questions, and remaining objective. Plus, when you teach someone, you truly become a master on that subject. You not only reinforce valuable leadership lessons, but you also question and refine your own thinking and approaches.
- It keeps you current. You've been through and mastered much, but a new generation is coming behind you. Simply asking your protege to select your meeting place will likely open your eyes to a new experience. My protégés are valuable sources of inspiration and information to a world I would otherwise not necessarily access. Their fresh perspective and infectious enthusiasm is energizing and enlightening.
- What goes around comes around. There will come a time when the student surpasses the teacher. As I transition into consulting, those to whom I've given my time and talent are remembering the favor and bringing me into their organizations.