Countless studies found that professionals with mentors earn higher salaries and are more satisfied with their jobs. And yet, only 37% of professionals say they have a mentor. Whether you take advantage of a formal mentorship program or seek out a mentor on your own, here are some reasons why your healthcare management career will thank you:
Keeps You Accountable
As you make your way up in healthcare, you will have fewer and fewer peers and supervisors. This can make setting and achieving goals very lonely work. A peer or a more experienced professional that helps you develop goals provides more accountability in achieving them.
Builds a Support Structure
Leading a healthcare team means making difficult decisions, often on your own. Having a trusted individual to bounce ideas off of can give you the confidence to get through challenges.
Brings a New Perspective
Finding a mentor that is not part of your direct department, or even at your facility, can give you a well-rounded view of the industry. They may help you tackle problems from a new angle and find creative solutions.
Strengthens Your Skill set
It’s hard to know what you don’t know. If you have been in the same role at the same company for a while, identifying gaps in your own leadership skill set is challenging. A mentor can help you understand where you need improvement. If they can’t directly help you build that skill, then they may have the resources to help you improve.
Fine-tunes Communication Skills
Any relationship, even a professional one, is a two-way street. Working with a mentor allows you to learn how to seek advice, gain exposure to another successful style of communication, and take constructive feedback.
Advance Your Healthcare Career
A mentor is just one of the many tools to help boost your healthcare career. If you are looking for the next step in your career, we can help your search. Let our Healthcare Executive Recruiters help you find the next step. Check out our current opportunities!