I have observed that in our contemporary world, people have underrated the concept of mentorship because they feel that there is nothing more they need to learn. This is a pointer to the fact that pride has possessed the mind of young people that they now believe that; there is seldom nothing they cannot do on their own- that is why there is need for the above topic. We must understand that when purpose is not known abuse is inevitable.
Today, I will be unleashing the underlying reasons for mentorship for young entrepreneurs; and will be linking it the weekly radio program I produce called CEO Mentorship with Stephen Akintayo; a platform where we bring on air CEOs with household names to share their success stories so that listeners and those who sign up for the mentorship form on our website can be mentored.
To keep the ball rolling, it is important for us to spell out the meaning of mentorship so that the benefit can be appreciated. Mentorship is a one-on-one relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn.
The person in receipt of mentorship may be referred to as a protégé (male), a protégée (female), or mentee.
“Mentoring” is a process that always involves communication and is relationship based, but its precise definition is elusive. One definition of the many that have been proposed, is
Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé).
- Mentors help entrepreneurs challenge their challenges: Two heads are better than one, and in any circumstance, having someone to talk through challenges with, can be the difference between solutions and failure – even better if they have been there and done it themselves.
- Mentors can open doors: One of the trickiest things about running a start-up can be growing the network that you need to get things off the ground. The PROWEB mentoring programme pairs women who have been experiencing the ups and downs of running a business for years with women who are just starting out, enabling start up entrepreneurs to grow their networks.
- Mentors encourage you when the going gets tough: And believe me, it does. Sometimes you just need someone to get where you’re coming from and say ‘it’s going to be ok’.
- Mentors believe in you: As Zig Zaglar said: “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.”
- It’s a two way learning experience: Even after just one week, some of the mentees participating in our CEO mentorship dinner after our radio program are telling us that are really learning more than they can they have learnt on their own.
Here are some of picture collections of mentors and mentees.
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