Mentoring

21 Quotes That Show the Purpose and Impact of Mentors

By Adrienne SmithOctober 24, 2017

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

Here at Everwise, we believe firmly in the power of giving back by mentoring others. To establish the next generation of leaders. To foster career development. To increase job satisfaction and retention. The benefits go on and on.

There are a multitude of ways to mentoring impacts others. But over time, we’ve uncovered some common themes by connecting with global HR leaders, executive mentors, enterprise people leaders, and high-potential protégés on mentorship. And we’ve rounded up our favorite mentoring quotes from past interviews that we’ve carried with us ever since.

On The Power of Being A Mentor

“Every single opportunity we’re presented with gives us an opportunity to learn, grow, be inspired — and share that with others.” — Gregory Wade, Chief Strategy Officer at Populis

“I’ve never had a woman who took me by the hand and said ‘Mary, you have a lot of potential. Let me help you get there.’ It drives me to be that person for others. I want to be that champion for women and the underdogs.” — Mary Bui-Pham, VP, Operations and Chief of Staff of Publisher Products at Yahoo

“Mentoring isn’t just about what you can give to a protégé. It’s about how you can help them accomplish what they want to accomplish. And once you know what the goal is, the path to getting there is just as important.” — Chris Ciulla, author of WeCulture 

“How do you earn influence where people will follow you, even if you don’t have any direct or positional authority over them? Once you learn the answer to that question, you’re an enterprise leader.” — Ranu Gupta, Global Learning, Leadership and Organization Leader

On the Impact of Mentors

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“He genuinely had my best interests and my goals for growth at heart. As a result, that mentorship changed my career path.” — Lyn Immerman, leader at True Value’s Center of Excellence

“I can’t emphasize enough the value of future leaders having a great mentor, sponsor, even a great coach.” — Alec Bashinsky, Global HR & Transformation Leader

“Come to the relationship with an open mind. It can be scary to let go of preconceived notions and try something new. But it can also lead to revelations and better ways of doing things.” — Erin Lynn, Associate Manager of Regulatory Compliance at Allstate 

“My mentor… showed me that, when things go sideways, blame has no place in the room.”  — Chris Ciulla

On the Power of Listening

“Listening is the building block to being a good mentor.” — Chris Ciulla

“I’m here to listen. I’m here to absorb, ask questions, and allow them to come to their own conclusions rather than shoving advice down their throats.” — Niroop Srivatsa, Director of Planning and Building Services for Lafayette, CA

“I start with a recognition and appreciation that everyone has their own story… it’s important that I absorb people’s stories without judgement.” — Gregory Wade

On Making Mistakes

“My most valued mentor… taught me that failing didn’t equate to failure, it just meant you had another shot at getting it right.” — Jennifer Hedding, SVP of HR for Hewlett Packard Enterprise

“I strongly believe in rewarding people for their accomplishments, and, allowing them to make mistakes. That’s the best way to learn — in an environment safe enough to make mistakes.” — Niroop Srivatsa

On Mentors As Sounding Boards

“Sometimes people just need to be able to meet with somebody and talk about things. That person just needs a sounding board.” — Mary Bui-Pham, VP, Operations and Chief of Staff of Publisher Products at Yahoo

“Outside context and an outside voice can bring a lot of value to employees.” — Chris Ciulla

“Mentees are often looking for a sounding board from someone with an objective opinion — someone who hasn’t been through the ringer at the organization. They’re looking for trusted advisors.” — Gregory Wade

“Give protégés the truth. Do not dance around what you’re trying to tell them.” — Jocelyn Greenky, author of The Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work

On Finding A Mentor

“Find a mentor who has skills in the area you want to develop. That sounds so simple, but it’s the key to a successful relationship.” — Erin Lynn, Associate Manager of Regulatory Compliance at Allstate

“Having more than one mentor is important — then it’s like having your personal board of directors.” — Ranu Gupta

Most of us don’t know everything. We need someone to which we can say “I’m not sure about this approach, can you help?” — Alec Bashinsky, Global HR & Transformation Leader

“Choose your mentors based on who you want to be. Mentors can reflect where you want to go, they can create access for you, and give you guidance as you plan your own personal development.” — Ranu Gupta

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Adrienne Smith

Adrienne Smith

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Adrienne is a writer, editor, and content marketer from New York. She's passionate about creating equal opportunity in the workplace.

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