A room of us were recently asked: Why mentor?
Silence descended for a moment.
The first hand went up. "Because it's good to give back." Heads nodded.
"Because we learn in return." More nods.
"Because it helps everyone's career."
"Because you don't know how to mentor, until you try!"
Everyone was warming up to the topic at this point, so our moderator asked: And what makes a good mentor?
"Vulnerability," said one woman. "The willingness to explore, to be open, to share, to listen, to be wrong, to not lead but to simply be present."
By her definition, the greatest gift we can offer each other is vulnerability... which is, in a meaningful way, incredibly powerful.