Mentorship: Tips for success

A mentoring relationship can be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved. IT leaders offer advice on how to get started and how to ensure your mentoring efforts pay off.

Mentorship: Tips for success
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No matter where you are in your career path, a terrific mentor can help you take on bigger roles, gain insight into technical challenges, and become a better leader. Being a mentor, too, is an important career move — and not only because it looks good on your CV and flatters your ego.

Mentoring can help you hire quality staff, create knowledge on your current team, keep employees  from leaving, and boost everyone’s job satisfaction. It is a learning opportunity — for mentor and mentee — unlike any other. But how do you establish a mentorship, and do it well once you get there? And how do you encourage and enable the people on your teams to do it, too?

Asking someone to be your mentor or offering to be someone’s mentor can be more awkward than asking someone out on a date. That social anxiety about dating has spawned an industry of advice columnists, books, and sitcoms to help people navigate it. How about mentoring?

I asked skilled mentors for pointers on how they initiate a mentorship, what they talk about, and whether there’s an app to help connect mentors and mentees.

This is what they told me.

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