On 10th March 2021, I was invited to train Tharaka University student mentors on leadership and mentorship skills . Since Tharaka is a young yet vibrant university college, there is growing body of need to establish and strengthen every department critical to its steady growth. One of this departments is the department of Career Development which has the responsibility of identifying and training student mentors to equip them with requisite leadership skills and knowledge.
During the training, I underscored the central role leadership in mentorship. It was warranted that the concept of mentorship be extensively explored so that the students gain absolute understanding of what they were getting into. I was keen to “leaving no stone unturned” when I talked about almost every aspect of mentorship including the role of a mentor, the benefits, the stages of mentorship, guidelines and tips for successful mentorship. While at it, I also cited some of the worlds most successful people like Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama who excelled in their area of endeavors as a result of mentorship they received. In finishing my presentation, I referenced:
“Nothing great has really been achieved through individual might. Everyone is a product of mentorship”