I haven’t read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In yet, but I think the following article provides an interesting discussion on the topic.
Read the article: Sheryl Sandberg’s Message on Mentoring Is Wrong—and Dangerous
On the Importance of Mentorship
Over the past year, as I’ve grown my own business, I’ve started mentoring bloggers and aspiring entrepreneurs, and the impact is notable. It’s not a waste of time to mentor…ever. And you absolutely do learn just as much from them and about yourself, as they learn from you.
It’s a very enlightening experience, mentoring. Things you have never considered can be suddenly revealed through these important connections, and in many ways, the knowledge and support that’s shared allows both halves to “pass the torch”, so to speak.
I believe we have a responsibility to make our knowledge more accessible to others than it was to us. It does us no benefit to watch other women struggle or take the long road to gain accumulated knowledge. We have numbers, so let’s use them!
How else can we make an impact for equality? How else can we ensure that the playing field is equal?
There has been a “boys club” for as long as any of us can remember and we’re all playing catch-up, both in building our professional networks, as well as our skills.
We have to stop worrying about what we might lose in the exchange and realize what we all stand to gain.
Summer of Feminista Writing Challenge
If you have a few minutes to get involved, Viva La Feminista has a great summer writing challenge for you, and the topic is MENTORSHIP. Stop by and sign up to add one of your posts to the line-up!