Giving Compass' Take:
- Mentorships can serve as healthy pathways both personally and professionally to heal from the trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- What can donors do to support and strengthen mentorship programs in organizations?
- Learn about mentorship in board development.
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What will mentorship mean in a post-pandemic world? As we’ve discovered since the earliest days of lockdowns right up through hybrid and phased-in re-openings, mentorship is more multifaceted than we knew. Turns out it can happen not only face-to-face but over Zoom chats and socially distanced in-person encounters. It can be nurtured with our faces masked or from a thousand miles away. And its essentialness only increases in high-pressure circumstances.
Our shared, global dilemma over these past two and a half years has created a crisis of confidence and direction for so many individuals and organizations. People need guidance in their personal and professional lives more than ever before. At my company, one of our immediate responses, pulled from a timeless tenet of mentorship, is to encourage your team—from executives on down—to prioritize health and well-being and to, in turn, pass that message on to colleagues and peers as a cornerstone of mentorship.
But I also suggest pursuing mentorship opportunities outside of the office—or home office, as the case may be. Search volunteer openings in your area, whether that means supporting youth at local recreational centers, assisting the elderly as they navigate challenges accessing crucial resources, or hosting workshops at a library or other community facility, just to name a few.
As a complement to that outreach, reflect on your deeper history of being mentored and offering mentorship throughout your life. Reread your résumé to jog recollections of how past leaders did or didn’t act as educator and advocate during your time with them, and how that might have informed how you mentor today. Your own approach to mentorship, and how you define mentorship for your team, will always necessitate personalized tweaks and refinements, but introspection on how you got to this present moment is another foundational element.
Read the full article about mentorship by Jose Luis Castro at Forbes.