What led you to mentor or coach others?

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Global CIO & CISO in Manufacturing, 201 - 500 employees
I’ve been focused on the empathy component of understanding employees for a decade or more. Understanding what an employee needs is important to me because I was treated terribly when I was a consultant. I needed to position myself so that I could develop other people by understanding where they were and how to draw the best out of them. Being able to manage all of that is one of the most important aspects of finding the right channel for yourself. In recent years, I wanted to move away from being hyper-focused on my career to be more focused on achieving a real work-life balance. It required me to change my attitude, so I set three goals for 2020: to stay focused, be driven, and give back. Part of that was writing articles on career development. 
CISO in Software, 10,001+ employees
You learn as much from mentees as they learn from you! 
CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It is rewarding to give back and it’s something I wish I had along my journey.
Director of software engineering in Software, 201 - 500 employees
I've learned many things the hard way making mistakes - sometimes more than once and learning. A mentor would have helped me minimized these mistakes.

When you're starting out you don't know what you don't know. Even with the best growth mindset this is a challenge. A mentor can point you to these gaps and a learning path. 

Most importantly a mentor can answer questions. 
Fractional CIO in Software, 2 - 10 employees
I have learned from many of the best and spent my career climbing the ladder to now I can spend time with startups and small businesses to help them grow.  It is rewarding to help companies and it is also satisfying to help make the world a better place
VP of IT in Services (non-Government), 201 - 500 employees
I received valuable input from a mentor that helped me to get to the next stage in my career. I would like to pay that forward.
CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Varied experience within industry and across verticals makes me to mentor and coach others.
IT Regional Manager - Senior Consultant - Technical Writer - Blogger in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
I received valuable input from a mentor that helped me to reach my knoledge and let me achieve my goals. I participate in Tech community events, in which we try to tech and show new aspects and features of new technology. So in my job and outside of it, i try to share what i know to all people who need it too.
HEAD IT in Consumer Goods, 501 - 1,000 employees
Being a mentor gives me the opportunity to network with younger generations, and understand their way of working and thought processes and also it helps me to grow networks.
Mentorship also gives me a feeling of fulfilment and recognised as a leader. 
It's also one way to learn (self-paced continuous learning) and build strong relationships, finally mentoring produces better leaders which are the most important and the most satisfaction in life cycles.

Former Chief Technology and People Officer in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It happened very naturally and organically for me. As a manager or leader you should always be coaching and mentoring the individuals on your team. Eventually you end up either being asked by individuals outside your team and/or company for mentoring and coaching. As noted below it is a great experience and you often learn just as much from your mentee.

I would like to mention that as much as coaching and mentoring is incredibly valuable sometimes Sponsorship is more important. Often what your really need is an introduction, or a recommendation, etc which in many cases can be more important for your career advancement. Don't be afraid to ask for actionable help and be sure to acknowledge should they not be open to the request that you ask why so it becomes a learning opportunity for you. And perhaps you need to cultivate other sponsors. 

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