The Purpose of Mentorship:
Mentorship is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. I like the word “partnership” in this definition because I genuinely believe it is just that, a partnership. While most think that it is the mentee to get the most out of having a mentor, we should not forget that it is not just to the benefit of the mentee. For example, maybe a mentor has been in the business for many years and reached their highest professional achievement. They may be struggling to find new excitement or purpose in their profession. A mentorship could undoubtedly re-inspire the mentor and shed new light or insight on a profession.
Mentors Come in All Varieties:
What I mean here, is do not just have one mentor. I have multiple mentors, and as I progress through different stages of my business, I plan to have many more. Typically, one mentor might not be relatable in all aspects of your life. For example, as a lawyer that owns my firm, having a lawyer mentor with many years of experience in a large law firm may be a great fit for helping me navigate challenging areas of the law, pressures of billing, etc. However, that particular lawyer mentor may not be able to relate when it comes to running a law firm and marketing for new clients. Or maybe you have a mentor that relates more to your business and mentor in your personal life. For example, if you have kids you might want a mentor with children, or if you are religious, maybe you want a mentor for more spiritual guidance. I am very much generalizing, but you get the point, do not be afraid to have more than one mentor or to change mentors throughout your life.
The Benefits of Having a Mentor:
The benefits of having a mentor can vary based on the type of mentor you have and the relationship with your mentor. Some general benefits would be that a mentor can provide guidance or input on difficult decisions. A mentor may be able to serve as a personal reference for your character or attributes. Mentors can teach you through their own previous experience or trials and tribulations. I have found through my own experience with having mentors that my mentors have put me on a faster track to success. I think this is just because having a good mentor can propel you ahead of others and can help you avoid making some of the common mistakes in your profession or even personal life.
A couple of key takeaways:
• Remember you can have multiple mentors. It is not one size fits all when it comes to mentors.
• Being a mentor also has many benefits.
• It is ok to have different mentors at different stages of your life.
• Being mentored has many advantages and can help you avoid making mistakes in your profession and set you up for success!
Heather M. Meglino is the owner of Meglino Law, LLC. Her practice focuses on business owners and employers in various business and employment law matters. This includes making sure businesses are protected and are in compliance with business and employment laws. Ms. Meglino also litigates cases including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, overtime and unpaid wages, FMLA leave cases, employment contracts, and other employment law claims under various state and federal laws. She also serves as in-house counsel for multiple companies.
Currently, Ms. Meglino serves on the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers Board, the Harbor House Young Professionals Board, OCBA Young Lawyers Board and the USF Alumni Association, Orlando Chapter Board. She also volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and she is an advisor on the Rollins College Chi Omega Advisory Board.
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