Since October 27 is National Mentoring Day, it’s the perfect time to think of a mentor that shaped you into who you are today. It’s time to celebrate them! National Mentoring Day was created to highlight the importance of mentoring in all forms. Award-winning business mentor Chelsey Baker founded the holiday with the aim to focus on how rewarding mentoring can be for everyone involved.
History of National Mentoring Day
Briton Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor, started this day in 2014 to help recognize and celebrate mentoring in all its forms. The key message is to raise awareness of the invaluable and rewarding contribution that mentoring makes which has a huge impact on not only our economy but also our society.
The day aims to encourage interactive discussions, events, social media activities, and facilitate shared vision and synergies for everyone involved in the industry and to showcase the benefits of being a mentor and being mentored.
Leading professional mentoring organizations, mentors, key influencers, and thought leaders join together to celebrate the work mentors do to support individuals and businesses.
The theme for National Mentoring Day is “Mentoring Rocks,” which focuses on sharing experiences and paying tribute to mentoring received or given. Baker encourages everyone to show their appreciation for mentoring and to recognize mentors who have made a difference.
Author Anthony K. Tjan, writing in the Harvard Business Review, recently noted four ways to become a successful mentor:
- Put the relationship before the mentorship
- Focus on character rather than competency
- Shout loudly with your optimism, and keep quiet with your cynicism
- Be more loyal to your mentee than you are to your company
Finally, he adds, “the best mentors avoid overriding the dreams of their mentees.”