The Power of Mentorship


"Show me a successful individual, and I’ll show you someone who had a real positive influence in his or her life.” - Denzel Washington


Mentors are those who walk alongside you, encouraging you, boosting your confidence, and shining light on opportunities you may not have otherwise seen.


Mentors can take many different forms throughout our lives. Some may have been teachers, coaches, bosses, family friends, collogues—the list goes on and on. While mentors may not always be sought after (some may be natural connections), they are, nonetheless, extremely valuable.


Some of the best athletes of all time accredit their success to a coach that not only coached them on their physical skills, but also on their personal and life skills. The same carries over to personal and professional relationships. Taking a look at some of the most notable business people, they have or had a mentor that encouraged them in their endeavors. For example, Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs. Bill Gates was mentored by Warren Buffet. Oprah Winfrey was mentored by Maya Angelou.


Being a mentor or a mentee is empowering and beneficial no matter what end of the relationship you may be on. For the mentee, being able to have someone to turn to, bounce your ideas off of, encourage you in taking the next step in your career, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and providing extensive knowledge are all gifts you could never put a price on. On the flipside, mentors learn more about themselves as a leader, gain new perspectives, and are able to have a meaningful connection with and impact on another.


As Helena Leaders Network (HLN) launches our first year of the mentorship program, take a second to think about the impact mentors have had on your life, or if you can’t identify one, the possibilities of having someone to foster your knowledge and help you grow as a professional.


While our mentorship program is currently full, if you would like to get added to a waiting list, please contact McKinley Winkle at mwinkle@helenachamber.com.


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