Would Luke Skywalker have been able to learn the ways of the Force without Yoda’s help? Would Liz Lemon have been able to navigate through all the craziness at “30 Rock” without the guidance of Jack Donaghy? In both cases, probably not.
Mentorship, whether in pop culture or real-life, is an invaluable part of the human experience. By investing in the potential of others, leaders can ensure that their wisdom and success is passed on to the next generation, thus ensuring that their hard work pays off in the long run. After all, few people want to feel their efforts have made little difference; instead, most of us would like to think our actions will have a lasting impact, and mentorship is one of the best and most unselfish ways to make that happen.
To further highlight this point, read the four articles below explaining the importance of mentorship:
“Six Secrets To Helping New Hires Feel Welcome” by Brad Herrmann (via Conscious Company Media)
“We’ve all been the new person among a group that has known each other for years. Inside jokes and old stories lead to those awkward laughs when you don’t really get it. Nobody likes being in that position… How could we make a person more comfortable and productive in a team like this?”
“Why Mentoring Matters, and How to Get Started” by Lizz Schumer (via The New York Times)
“Mentorship advances careers. A study in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that people with mentors are more likely to get promotions. That’s no accident. Jenni Luke, chief executive of the national teen mentorship organization StepUp, knows that those relationships can help propel young women to success. ‘When I go into a room full of people and say ‘Raise your hand if you’ve gotten your job through somebody,’ every hand goes up,’ Ms. Luke said. ‘Every single person on earth has social capital, and you want to use it with intentionality.’”
“The Magic Of Mentorship: How And Where To Find Your Match” by Ralph Kellogg (via Forbes)
“Finding a mentor outside of one’s organization can be an unnerving experience. However, connecting with someone who possesses a different worldview or thought process can help spark a level of creativity that may have gone by the wayside in a traditional mentoring program.”
“What the Best Mentors Do” by Anthony K. Tjan (via Harvard Business Review)
“[Admired leaders] do everything they can to imprint their ‘goodness’ onto others in ways that make others feel like fuller versions of themselves. Put another way, they best leaders practice a form of leadership that is less about creating followers and more about creating other leaders.”