Becoming a coach or a mentor is a great way to add value to someone else’s life—to allow them to benefit from your wisdom and experience. But did you know that it can add value to your own life, as well?
You can take it from me: I’ve coached countless managers and executives, and I’ve never once found it to be anything less than a deeply fortifying experience.
In today’s post, I want to offer just a few of the ways in which you can expect to benefit from becoming a mentor or a coach to someone at your company or within your profession.
The Benefits of Becoming a Coach
Coaching helps clarify your values. Have you ever stopped to think about the values or core beliefs that have brought you professional success? Or have you taken the time to articulate the principles you bring with you into the workplace, every day? When you’re a coach, you’ll have to do these things—and that brings you a much greater understanding of your own strengths.
Coaching others can encourage you to transform yourself. As I talk with others about some of the ways in which they can improve, it never fails to stir something within me—a real passion for self-improvement and professional growth. I can honestly say that I’ve become a much stronger person through these experiences.
It keeps you engaged with your chosen field. When you’ve been in the same industry for a long time, it’s only natural that you might drift into auto-pilot a little bit, losing some of the passion that brought you into the field to begin with. But coaching someone else in your field can be a great way to rekindle that passion!
Coaching can bring you some practical skills, as well. One more thing I’ll say about coaching: You can really learn a lot about communication, motivation, organizing your thoughts, providing helpful feedback—the list goes on and on. There are some real concrete skills involved with coaching, and they can serve you well throughout your professional life.
All of this is to say nothing of the satisfaction you get from helping someone else—and that’s definitely something you’ll experience when you become a mentor or a coach. Ultimately, it’s something I recommend—and I’d love to talk with you more about it. You can contact Dr. Rick at www.rickgoodman.com or call 888-267-6098.