Mentorship: A Two-Way Street
In the workplace, mentor-mentee relationships are often noted as the most special and positive externalities of employment when executed genuinely. What outsiders may not expect is that a successful mentorship relationship is a two-way street: both the mentor and mentee find value from the relationship. According to the Harvard Business Review, “older people who mentor and support younger people in work and in life are three times as likely to be happy as those who fail to engage in this way1”. While more junior mentees are receiving well-needed guidance, senior mentors are becoming engaged through basic human nature. As stated by Marc Freedman and Trent Stamp: “we’re wired to come together across the ages1”.
Making your Mentorship Mutually Beneficial
Many junior mentees may stop and think: how do I make my mentorship mutually beneficial? Although the mentor themselves may be able to identify the valuable know-how that they are providing to their mentee, the mentee may be unsure or unconfident in what skills they can leverage for their mentor.
Ultimately, junior mentees provide their senior mentors with time for self-reflection2. An executive in a Harvard Business Review article noted “sometimes you’re so caught up in business and work, that you forget to balance.