Reverse Mentoring

by Rik Nemanick, Ph.D.

January is National Mentoring Month. It is a great time for you to reflect on what roles mentors have played in your career and your life as well as think about how you can “pay it forward” and share mentoring with someone else. Mentoring is typically thought of as a one-way process, which primarily benefits the protégé. However, mentors often benefit from their partnerships, with many mentors learning from a protégé’s experience and perspective. If you are serving as a mentor right now, reflect on what you have learned from your protégé and recognize the “reverse” mentoring you have been experiencing. You can read a little more about reverse mentoring in my article in Independent Banker Magazine, which highlights how different companies are benefiting from capturing the reverse flow of mentoring.

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