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Businesses and institutions can be completely transformed with the right coaching and mentoring strategies. New heights of productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness can be reached by guiding individuals to develop new skills or tap into undiscovered aspirations.
Through individual growth, mentoring provides an environment where professionals of every sector generate ideas to build each other up. This goes beyond knowledge and experience. When done correctly, it creates a nurturing environment where everyone can thrive.
Let’s take a closer look at just how effective coaching and mentoring can be at every level of your company.
Breaking the traditional paradigm of leadership
Before diving into the positive impacts of nurturing human potential, it’s worth defining, and perhaps challenging, what true leadership really is.
Leadership has long been associated with power, job titles, and absolute control. In the workplace, a forward-thinking approach to being a leader can innovate and revitalise this traditional paradigm into one full of enthusiasm and positive energy.
A leader in the workplace advises, guides, and gives direction to anyone seeking it. They inspire others to think outside of the box, giving employees the tools of innovation and creativity. If you adopt this model into coaching and mentoring, the impacts on positive employee transformation can be astounding.
Benefits of successful coaching and mentoring to individuals
To see how company growth increases with the implications of a successful mentoring programme, we have to first analyse the benefits to individual employees.
With clear workable goals and visible improvements, employee motivation and job satisfaction ramp up along with self-confidence and appreciation. These all open up doors to healthier relationships with management, better knowledge transfer, and a more skilled workforce.
Employees are more likely to buy into the company vision and go the extra mile to succeed because they respect their employer and value what they’re offering them. Problems can also be spotted sooner rather than later and minor issues can be rectified before growing into major ones.
When applied correctly, the mentoring relationship becomes a two-way street. Anyone who takes an active role in guiding and counselling other members of staff is developing their own leadership skills. Time and time again mentors find the satisfaction of helping others incredibly motivating.
This powerful relationship between mentor and mentee can be tainted by sticking to traditional paradigms. It must be clearly stated that mentoring is not solely to do with someone older passing down knowledge to someone younger. Skills and experience vary greatly between different generations and further highlights the importance of making the mentor relationship a two-way street.
With this in mind, you can match employees from different areas of expertise and generations. The result is a workforce that has a highly developed and diversified skill set - traits desirable for any company committed to long-term growth.
Benefits of successful coaching and mentoring to your organisation
There isn’t much that effective communication can’t fix. Mentoring dives deep into building lasting relationships that strengthen workplace communication. This does wonders for building a positive workplace environment, which in turn, positively reinforces successful communication.
High turnover is a burden on any company, but building a positive feedback loop into the foundations of your company is a sure way to retain employees and create a highly productive environment.
Even for experienced leaders, evidence shows that time spent honing coaching skills pay huge dividends. In times of change, nothing embeds new procedures and behaviours like a focus on coaching individuals and teams.
A brand new addition to the Leadership and Management series, Coaching and Mentoring Skills for Leaders is a one-day course that gives you the core skills needed to coach and mentor productively. For more information and a complete course outline, visit our course information page here.
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