04 May The Importance of female mentorship
Female mentorship has come a long way in the past few decades – yet there is still much progress to be made.
Experienced female professionals have endured numerous gender-related issues throughout their careers. Many have successfully navigated around these roadblocks and still managed to rise through the ranks in the companies they work for.
Women in leadership positions can offer guidance to young females who are early in their career. Some people naturally find mentors in the workplace but not everyone is so fortunate. Creating a female mentorship program provides every female employee with the opportunity to offer or accept guidance.
Female mentorship: Meaning
Female mentorship is the mentoring of women by women to further their career and development prospects. A female mentor is sometimes called a ‘ femtor’. A mentor is often defined as an experienced and trusted advisor. However, I would like to add to this definition, a mentor is someone that walks hand in hand with you, guides you, encourages you and picks you up when you need it. They serve as your advocate, and as your champion.
Importance of female mentorship
1. Adaptation to a new environment
Female mentorship especially when joining a new company or department allows women to acclimate to the culture more quickly. Joining and embracing a culture established and populated primarily by men might require different insight.
2.Networking – A mentor can offer opportunities to expand the mentee’s network of personal and professional contacts through invitations, introductions and suggested organizations to join.
3. It creates the foundation for continued business success. Female mentors guide mentees up the corporate ladder smoothly, preparing them for leadership roles later on. Mentees can learn skills like communication, making connections, and emotional intelligence.
4. It vastly improves work efficiency for company processes. A mentorship program reduces the load on ineffective onboarding and gives mentors a purpose greater than handing off a new hire under their care.
5. Mentorships are a better use of the mentor’s higher-level skills. Such programs create less stress for newer female hires, which ultimately leads to more productivity, nurtures confidence, and propels personal growth.
There is a lot we all have to do to finally level the playing field in the workplace. Hopefully, our society soon overcomes gender-related work issues but until then a female mentorship can help your female employees take on the challenges they encounter.
Mentoring is a powerful tool to help keep young African ladies motivated, inspired, and excited to keep driving forward for change. Volunteer to become a mentor at WAAW Foundation and help African ladies attain their dreams.