Are Business Executives in Oakville Overlooking This Opportunity?

You’ve had mentors along your climb up the corporate ladder, you successful Oakville or Burlington executive.

But have you been one?

Canadian executives could be missing the chance to help others and grow their careers in the process, a new survey finds.

Roughly 61 of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) surveyed reported they’ve never served as a mentor, but those who have been a mentor said it provides the internal satisfaction of helping others (32 per cent) and the opportunity to improve their leadership skills (27 per cent), among other benefits, the Robert Half Management Resources poll finds.

For tenured professionals, serving as mentor can be an opportunity to sharpen their leadership and networking skills, while gaining fresh insight into their industry or company,” said Canadian president of Robert Half Management Resources David King.

In helping others navigate their careers, managers remain engaged with evolving market trends, and stay on top of new innovations that help keep their business competitive.”

Here are some tips if you’re interested in becoming a mentor:

  • Determine your value. Specify the type of advice and assistance you can provide.
  • Research your options. If you’re hoping to mentor a colleague, look into programs available through your company.
  • There may be processes in place to match you with a potential mentee.
  • Go outside the office. Many groups actively seek mentors for their members, including university and high school alumni groups, community and philanthropic organizations, and professional and business associations.
  • Look for a rising star. Start by determining the type of person you want to mentor, such as a student entering your field or a manager looking to become an executive. Update your network on your goal.

(Source: Robert Half Management Resources)

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