Building a successful organization requires more than ideas, space, and equipment. Ultimately, creating sustained success comes down to people. You need a team of people who do things the right way for the business you run. Over time, you also need to pass on earned knowledge and inspiration to newer employees who will help you grow. The best way to ensure this works well is to empower your best and brightest as role models to mentor your next generation.
Mentors Give Information
On the most basic level, mentors in your organization train new team members. However thorough your employee handbook might be, it will not deliver everything an employee needs to succeed. You have workplace dynamics to consider, expectations of management, and a thousand little things that fit between the written lines. People need to know how to function within the environment you have in place, and to contribute to maintaining and improving it over time.
Role Models Give Inspiration
Knowing what to do is only part of the story, though. At some point, everyone gets discouraged. It may be a difficult week, a slump in sales or performance, or a big mistake along the way. No one is perfect, and no one has endless optimism. In these moments, having the right role models in place for your team members can make all the difference.
A mentor who can inspire team members becomes one of the most valuable people you can have. They can lift people around them, by sharing experience, by teaching, and sometimes just by listening to what others are going through. The role models in your organization help drive the team through difficult times and motivate them to be better, to be stronger.
Do More Than Maintain
In the end, having mentors who can be true role models makes the difference between maintaining your organization and continuing to build. If you merely hold on to what you know and do, you fall victim to the institutional version of the classic game of telephone. Eventually, some of the information passed on gets lost in translation, and you become a lesser version of yourself. If you motivate team members to learn and grow together, though, you start to build on what you already have.
Success for your organization comes with time. It means you succeed well beyond any individual accomplishments. By hiring and nurturing people who grow into leadership roles, you give your organization the opportunity to do this. Take the time, This National Inspirational Role Model month, to appreciate and celebrate those who teach and inspire others around them. These are the people on whom your business depends.