When thinking about ways to advance in your career, naturally the spotlight falls on you. What can you do to position yourself for better career opportunities and job satisfaction? What steps can you take that will help you stand out above the rest?
It may seem counter-intuitive, but ask some of the most successful business people what’s been the most empowering and rewarding aspect of their career. It is very often about mentoring others. I’m referring to guiding others in an informal way, not necessarily through a formal mentorship (although that has great value, too).
We all have professional strengths. Maybe it’s an ability to master new apps at work with ease or speak eloquently in front of company executives. On their own, your strengths can help your career immensely. But shared with others, they add a dimension to your career that is immeasurable.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the department head or that person’s administrative assistant. Look for opportunities to advise others – maybe it’s a new hire, a colleague or someone else in the company who needs guidance. And you, too will reap the rewards.
I recently shared some of the benefits of mentoring others informally or formally with Psychology Today.
Here are some of the highlights:
Check out my full article in Psychology Today to learn more about how your most empowering career move can be mentoring.