Women in Leadership Foundation is pleased to introduce you to Nitu Jain who is one of our valued mentors in our Mentorship Program.
What motivated you to become a mentor in the Women in Leadership Mentorship Program? I decided to become a mentor in the WIL Mentorship Program because I believe in the transformative power of mentorship. Interacting with mentees allows me to strengthen my interpersonal skills, such as communication, active listening, empathy, and patience. As a mentor, I am not only guiding my mentees but also continuously learning and growing alongside them.
How do you approach building a strong mentor-mentee relationship? Are there any specific strategies or techniques you find effective?
To build a strong mentor-mentee relationship, I employ effective strategies and techniques:
Encouraging Development: As a mentor, I empower my mentees by helping them focus their efforts through goal setting and providing constructive feedback.
Frequent Communication: I emphasize the importance of regular communication with my mentees, scheduling bi-weekly calls to maintain an open line of dialogue.
Being Positive: I maintain a positive and encouraging attitude towards my mentees, motivating them to persevere despite challenges they may encounter.
Shared Goals: I treat my mentees' goals as my own, demonstrating a deep commitment to their success and growth.
Friend and Companion: I strive to establish a friendly and supportive relationship with my mentees, ensuring they feel comfortable and valued throughout their mentorship journey.
What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of being a mentor? For me, the most rewarding aspect of being a mentor is witnessing the progress of my mentees. The sense of fulfillment I experience when I see the path of success, they forge with my guidance is immeasurable. Mentorship is a win-win situation, where both mentor and mentee work together to achieve their respective goals. My own experience as a mentor has taught me that no matter how challenging a situation may be, it can always be overcome. This philosophy has contributed to my growth as a leader and instilled a positive outlook on life. Above all, I aim to inspire and motivate others to realize their full potential and reach their desired destinations.
Have there been any valuable lessons or insights you've gained through your mentorship journey? If so, could you share one or two that have had a significant impact on you? My journey as a mentor exemplifies the power of belief, determination, and mentorship. Through my involvement in the Women in Leadership Mentorship Program, I strive to inspire others to believe in themselves and their ability to overcome obstacles. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of my mentees and help them reach their desired destinations.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a mentor in the Women in Leadership Mentorship Program?
To those considering becoming mentors in the Women in Leadership Mentorship Program or any mentorship endeavor, I offer the following advice:
Be Humble, Kind, and Patient: Approach mentorship with humility and kindness, always considering the needs and aspirations of your mentee. Patience is essential as you guide them on their journey.
Dedicate Your Best Efforts: Treat mentorship as a significant responsibility and commit yourself fully to the growth and development of your mentee.
Foster Frequent Communication: Establishing regular and open lines of communication is crucial for the success of the mentorship program.
About Nitu Jain
I am Nitu Jain, a Conga/Salesforce Architect currently working for Tata Consultancy Services. My personal journey serves as an inspiration to others, highlighting the importance of determination and perseverance. Despite facing visa issues when I moved to the USA with my husband in 2004, I channeled my energy into volunteering at various organizations such as the Kettering Medical Hospital, Senior Living Assistance, Source Point, and Girls Who Code. As a mentor in the Women in Leadership Mentorship Program (WIL), I have dedicated myself to empowering others and have actively participated in the program for the past three years. My objective is to inspire individuals to believe in themselves and their ability to overcome any obstacles on their path to success.