Tatenda shares her thoughts on mentorship as a support for change.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” - Hebrews 13:8
Whilst the Bible states that Jesus Christ, who is our Saviour, is the same and does not change (which is a good thing for it shows His faithfulness in fulfilling promises), it is prudent to note the scenario is different with us in our different capacities as individuals or organisations.
Change management is a cumbersome task which requires a lot of engagement with others, with mentorship playing a vital role in supporting change in all aspects. Effective change occurs when people embrace it, champion it, and have the courage to move onto uncharted paths. Successful change is about discovery, and attending to the needs of the people who are an integral element of the process.
As change begins to take shape, support and understanding of emotions are essential. People always experience the difficulties associated with change, questioning and doubting the process, and I believe that this is when a mentor steps in as a guide and advisor, helping to ensure that the protégé does not fall out of place. The mentee and mentor relationship becomes obvious as the mentee leans on the latter for advice and guidance. With change as an individual comes personal reinvention, which involves refocusing and leaving the old self behind and discovering a whole new self-concept.
Behavioural change is hard work, and it takes a lot of effort to rebuild oneself into whomever they aspire to be, and this could be based on an existing human being (to whom we can also refer as “mentor”). Well known public figures, such as Oprah Winfrey, have been able to build up young girls through mentorship and helped them discover themselves and their potential regardless of their background or personal experiences.
Simply put, effective mentoring is a powerful way to address people’s needs during change, thus reducing resistance, and opening the path for the desired self. If you are experiencing some sort of transition, either as an individual or as part of a greater organisation, it may be an idea to seek mentorship in a bid to better adapt to the change process. Getting help and clarity has always served those who are willing to learn from what others who have gone before them can teach them. At The Revolutionary Girls of Zimbabwe, this is what our mandate is - to provide opportunities for mentorship that will one day help the parties involved to transition towards total reinvention.
By Tatenda Rungisa
The Revolutionary Girls of Zimbabwe