No man is an island and that goes for business women.
As you have progressed in your career there have been people (perhaps all the way back to your elementary school years) who have helped you get where you are today. At some point we need to reach out to bring others along in a similar manner.
Indra Nooyi, the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo is one of the most powerful women in business today. In a recent article about inspirational and influential women, Indra shared this thought:
“The times I feel the greatest are when I’m coaching, developing talent, mentoring people to do what they never thought they could. When you see your team blossoming and growing, you say, ‘Man, I’m doing good for the next generation.'”
At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees a young person that there is someone who cares about them. A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day worries.
Think back. Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person.
Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.