Although many coach trainees engage in mentoring as a credentialing requirement, the opportunity to participate in this self-directed learning is an excellent investment in yourself on both a professional and personal level. The support that comes from a coach mentor brings your learning to a different mastery level.Mentoring is a time to look at how you position your practice and how you relate to your clients. Coach mentoring provides reflective practices on who a client is and what they struggle with, giving you new perspectives and tools to be more effective and impactful in your coaching.
There are many reasons why you might engage in coach mentoring that go beyond what is required to get your credentials. Here are a few benefits of mentoring:
- · Develop self-awareness while coaching
- · Receive feedback on your coaching skills and develop a personalized learning plan
- · Increase coaching knowledge
- · Explore new niches or markets
- · Grow and transform your coaching business
- · Take control of your career
- · Understand the client and their motivation and personal challenges
- · Prepare for coaching exams
- · Stretch your thinking by providing you with alternate perspectives
- · Benefit from lessons and experience of the coach mentor
- · Access to a safe and confidential listener
- · Identify your personal and coaching strengths and leverage them
- · Create a sense of partnership and inclusion in the larger coaching environment and reduce feelings of isolation
- · Become more adaptive to work with different people
- · Increase your flexibility and your coaching style.
Mentoring takes time. A relationship of trust needs to be built to create a safe environment where the mentee can feel secure and share real issues that affect their professional and personal success. The mentor/mentee conversation will go beyond work-specific functions and may include work/life balance, self-perception and how the personal influences the professional. Above all else, the mentor supports the mentee, their career and their individual growth.