A quick google and you'll quickly find lots of research papers on why peer mentoring is awesome ( they don't use the word awesome cause most of them are academics...) but it backs up the research we've done over the past 9 months, that's involved doing it.
There are tons of articles on why peer mentoring works for students but not a whole heap for those mid-career peeps like us. We took inspiration from Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.
Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.*
Research shows that we are more confident and are able to learn more in small groups. People with peer mentors tend to rise faster through their organisation than people who try to go it alone. Our leading lady group consists of 7 women but we'd love to grow this by a couple more.
I'm personally a big fan of Simon Sinek so I was super stoked to read this article on why every leader needs a buddy ( or 7 in our case. )
So basically....lots of great people recommend it, we tried it and now we recommend it too. If you're keen to start your own group, join ours or find a leadership buddy then get in touch!