A mentor is someone who is already established and comfortable in their career and helps a newer person in the industry by sharing their knowledge. A mentor can help others become rising stars as well.
It stands to reason that the mentee gains from having a mentor. However, the mentor benefits from the experience as well.
Helping others grow is an often misunderstood gift! The benefits go far beyond the time and talent the mentor invests.
Benefits of mentoring include:
- Improve listening and interpersonal skills
- Increase patience and empathy
- Enhance communication skills
- Strengthen knowledge
- Improve leadership skills
- Builds confidence
- Gain new perspectives
- Increase self-fulfillment
- Opportunity for self-reflection
Taking in someone who’s junior in your industry has its own rewards. I think the best part is you learn at a deeper level when you teach to others. Like I’ve said before, Learn, Do, Teach.
Mentoring isn’t limited to a professional relationship either. Mentoring youth and college students, whether they are looking to be in leadership roles or just need guidance, is always needed.
You can find many ways to get involved through your industry, schools, colleges, youth, or professional organizations.
Whether you need a mentor or a Realtor®, you can always contact me, Stephen Burchard, The Desert Bowtie Realtor, taking the (k)nots out of real estate