Mentors: The People in Your Corner
John Stibal, Senior Vice President of Sales & Client Management shares personal lessons learned as well as colleagues' experiences with mentor relationships:
One of the greatest lessons my mentor taught me was that a company does not determine my career – I do. I felt empowered when I learned if I had the will to reach a goal, there is always a way to get there. Sometimes you need help to adjust the trajectory toward those goals, and that’s where a mentor comes in.
I’ve had many mentors throughout my career, and they all had a positive impact on who I am today. In the same way they believed in me, they inspired me to help others grow and develop in their professional journeys. I’ve mentored several people, and it makes me proud to hear they have earned the promotions or the positions they worked hard to achieve.
International Mentor Day on January 17 celebrates mentors everywhere. I spoke to a few Unum colleagues to learn about their experiences, and how those relationships helped them grow.
“The two greatest lessons my mentor has taught me are to focus on having a strategic and commercial mindset and to develop and inspire other people along the way. These lessons provide me with an insight into the mind of a senior leader and encourages me to think daily in a way that helps build upon my personal development,” Flint said.
"In my professional career, I have always said ‘yes’ to everything, even if I was unable to handle a task at that moment. My mentor taught me to know and set my boundaries. That is one of the best pieces of advice I have received,” Works said.
“Mentoring is a journey that broadens both minds. It allows you to look at things from a new angle. We may face different challenges, but we can teach one another based on our unique paths and diverse circumstances,” said Michal Placzkiewicz, HR and Corporate Communications Director in Poland.
A great mentor does not have all the answers, but they can position future leaders for success. They are the honest voice of reason we need to hear when we’re stuck, and the cheerleaders in our corner when we succeed.