Business leaders, especially entrepreneurs, are passionate about their businesses. In most cases, they build a successful company based on passion and drive. But when it comes time to scale, they often struggle. Every business will face the question of how to scale. For most companies, it means doing something different, and that’s where mentors come in.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a trusted guide or teacher. Someone who has “been there, done that.” They can help you navigate challenges and opportunities based on their past experiences.
Good mentors don’t just give advice. They also hold you accountable to those tips and tricks they've taught you. Mentors will challenge you to do things they know will benefit the business, even if it’s not fun or doesn’t make sense in the short term. They keep you focused on the big picture.
Why is mentorship important?
When starting or growing a business, there are many decisions to make. Involving a mentor reduces your risk and increases the odds of making the right choices.
They offer a different vantage point and different level of experience than you have. Diversity of thought from someone who is there to challenge you is different than those you may already have on your team.
A good mentor will be willing to share information with you without the need to pull the wool over your eyes. It should be an honest and open relationship.
Here are some additional benefits of mentorship: