Being a mentor is a highly rewarding role that not only provides lasting benefits to the protégé but also the mentor. I am passionate about being a mentor. I always strive to pay it forward so the next generation of consultants can learn and be smarter and better than me.
At EHS Support, in my role as chief technical officer and mentor to numerous members of our team, I find it invigorating to work with younger staff and learn new things, whether it’s understanding how they think or them sharing some of the new skills and tools they learned at university or in a past job. In these types of relationships there are boundless opportunities for both parties to learn, collaborate, and grow.
To be a great mentor you have an open mind, a kind heart, and a willingness to learn. Remember, you too were young once; you didn’t get where you are without the help of others. Think of all the individuals you encountered along your career journey who invested time and energy into your growth. How can you provide the same sage advice and guidance to those younger than you?
But let’s be clear, there is something in it for me, too. The enjoyment of communicating, teaching, and collaborating. The satisfaction of seeing each person’s growth over time. And last, but certainly not least, the precious opportunity that they will teach me something, as well.
That’s the true reward of mentorship.
Chief Technical Officer, Co-Managing Director