|  27.04.2017

What leaders don’t learn in school about mentorship

There is a belief that the school responds to all the problems of the extended social life.

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The lack of mentorship culture


 We learn mathematics, history, physics, chemistry, biology, logic, psychology, and other subjects included in the curriculum. However, their existence and the existence of a learning mechanism do not subsequently guarantee, for example, productivity and efficiency.We often realize these aspects when we start working. Why then? Because, given the character of the job, much more, these two indicators guide the business environment than the academia.


In the absence of productivity and efficiency assimilated in school, the leaders of organizations often learn it through direct experience or mentoring. Not only they do not learn at school about these concepts and many more, but they do not learn how to mentor in turn by working with their colleagues.


Why is mentorship important


Mentorship is important because it seeks to balance and develop the weight of the practical side of initial training. In the business environment, through mentoring, leaders support with their expertise the training of other leaders, other professionals and entrepreneurs. Of course, there are several types of mentoring depending on the stage of development of each person or professional according to the Harvard Business Review.


What is interesting, however, is that not only mentees gain from mentoring, but also the leaders who are the mentors. According to the Wall Street Journal, in the US, top executives team from their younger colleagues about the latest technologies and go through a learning process called reverse mentoring.


It could be said that beyond the benefits of technology, it encapsulates the leaders and their need for mentors is thus suspended. In fact, by hyper-connecting through networks such as LinkedIn and by accessing the follow option, the need for role models and mentors is fostered and emphasized. Virtual spaces diversify the way we can interact with each other, but do not cancel the need for mentoring and face-to-face interaction.


The benefits of mentorship


According to a study conducted by Harvard Business Review, top executives of companies are not looking just for opportunities to mentor, but also for opportunities to be mentored. Beyond reverse mentoring initiatives, they also consult top business veterans outside their company. According to the survey, of the 45 CEOs in a formal mentoring program, 71% are confident that the company's performance has improved as a result of mentoring.


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