Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé).
With a career spanning over 20 years, Dr. Nguh places great emphasis on mentorship for less experienced and younger generations in the health sciences profession especially in low-resource countries. Dr. Nguh has worked in over 14 countries, holds distinguished professorship in 6 international universities and is a member of the Health Policy Alliance for the World Health Organization. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executive, a Fellow of the National Academy of Practice, and is board certified as a Nurse Executive, Advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. A health systems and health policy researcher, Dr. Nguh has unique expertise as a global health scholar and practitioner.
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Advantages of Mentorship
The greatest benefits to be gained from any mentoring relationship come from how the mentee uses what their mentor can provide them. Here are 10 specific benefits of working with good mentors:
- Knowledge and contacts: An often unique benefit that can only be gained from a good mentor is a combination of detailed industry knowledge and personal introductions to the mentor’s contacts, which have often taken the mentor many years to establish, and which might not otherwise be readily available to you.
- Business and life skills: As a mentee, you can also learn valuable business and life skills from your mentor, including best business practices, appropriate behaviors and protocols.
- Insight: A good mentor can also arrange experiences, such as participation in meetings, events or work experience, which will enable you to get insight into an organization’s culture and systems, or how a specific role is performed in that organization.
- Perspective and vision: Discussions with your mentor will stretch your thinking by providing you with another perspective to your own, as well as the benefit of your mentor’s vision, which comes from their wider experience.
- Reduced feelings of isolation: Working with a mentor also often creates a sense of peer partnership that might not otherwise be available to you within your organization because you’re the boss, be it the CEO or the owner of your own business.
- Wisdom and learning from past experiences: As a mentee, you can also benefit greatly from hearing the lessons that your mentor has learned along the way through their past experiences – both their successes and failures.
- Improved performance: A good mentor will provide you with valuable feedback or make suggestions that will enable you to improve your skills or to experience personal growth, ultimately leading to your improved performance.
- Talent development: Where a mentor is an expert in a particular field, they’ll often be able to spot your unique talents and make suggestions about to how you can further develop and make the most of your talents and gifts.
- A sounding board: Having a good mentor will also enable you to test your ideas and discuss your points of view with an interested listener in a safe and confidential environment.
- Learn how to be a good mentor: The experience of working with a good mentor will also serve as a training ground to enable you to develop good mentoring behaviors and become a good mentor for others.
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