Previously, we wrote about the importance of having a mentor. Today, we would like to focus on mentorship. By definition, a mentor is a wise and trusted counselor or teacher or an influential senior sponsor or supporter. The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) aims to advance ethical leadership among students and professionals. By developing, encouraging, acknowledging and promoting ethical leaders, the CPT is helping current and future business leaders regain the public’s trust and make sound ethical decisions. The CPT is so proud of our ethical leaders across the country, and we are thrilled when we learn that one would like to become a mentor.
Ethical dilemmas occur often for young professionals. However, more often than not, the ethical dilemma may or may not be clear and may not be as easy to act upon. Therefore, we encourage you to become a mentor for others and help them navigate the tough choices in their careers.
As you continue to grow in your career, the knowledge and experience that you gain is very valuable. As such, individuals starting their career can benefit from such guidance, as it helps them feel comfortable in their role more quickly. You have the opportunity to help someone avoid some of the pitfalls you may have encountered on your path. Additionally, you can offer introductions and connections to your current network.
Mentors are not only around to point out flaws or give advice. They also serve as a support system. Your support and encouragement will go a long way for your mentee. A mentor is vital in those times where your mentee may feel overwhelmed, discouraged or impatient. In those moments, your mentee can learn how to grow and respond when facing challenges or roadblocks. Offer your mentee wisdom on how you have learned to cope in difficult times and how you recommend overcoming their concerns. Your wisdom, experience and patience will serve your mentee(s) well.
-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist