Congratulations on being asked to become a mentor — it means you’ve earned recognition for your hard work and insightful contributions as a leader. You’ll learn more than a few things along the way, and the rewards include building strong connections to future leaders, reenergizing your career and leaving a legacy. But before your ego says yes to become a mentor recognize it’s a commitment that you shouldn’t take lightly. The consequences of mentorship gone wrong can be equally devastating to your career.

Almost half a billion career-minded folks across the globe are connected on LinkedIn. But, here’s the problem: It’s getting more difficult every day to stand out in an ever-increasing global crowd of professionals. And that’s a problem, because in a world where over three billion of us are online, it has never been more important to stand out by cultivating an online presence.