The Importance of Mentoring in an Organization

 

As competition and profitability grow more intense, understanding what makes an organization effective becomes more important.  High performing companies consistently develop leaders at all levels in the organization.  Leadership thus, is the key to an effective organization.

Developing leaders with a broad understanding of organizational dynamics is difficult.  The bar is higher today, and the stakes are greater.

Productivity suffers in the workplace when there is criticism, gossip and lack of teamwork.  These negativities can become contagious.  It is hard to be motivated in that kind of work environment.

It is crucial for managers to be aware of what is going on within their organization.  The manager needs to ensure that everyone at least respects one another and work as a team.

Investment in developing managers is pivotal.  Managers add value to the organization.  Their contributions propel the organization forward.

Under the direction of the Mentor, the learner is given immediate access to valuable insights and past experiences.  Through mentoring, individuals learn by doing.  Individuals are able to practice what they are learning.

Mentoring uses internal talent and creates a Learning Organization where individuals are responsible for the learning and development of each other and the sharing of information.

How does Mentoring works?  Here are ways:

  • Hire someone who has passion for learning and growing.
  • Put them in charge.
  • Support them however you can via tools and resources.
  • Encourage teamwork.
  • Share where your organization is going.
  • Urge risk-taking.
  • Be self-conscious as a role model.

There is a wealth of knowledge and talent within an organization and the challenge is to tap into that knowledge and make it available to other individuals that need it.

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