As they say: You get what you give. And, you give as good as you get.
Seeking out phenomenal--or even good--advice is a task on its own. You have to find someone whose words of wisdom you can trust. A source who is knowledgeable, dependable, and even masterful in their craft. Although it can benefit you in more ways than you may know, finding great advice is a lot of work. But have you ever considered putting more work into learning how to give great advice?
David A. Garvin and Joshua D. Margolis, writing for the Harvard Business Review, cite that advice-giving is indeed a complex and nuanced process that requires much from not only the seeker but the giver as well. "On both sides," they write, "it requires emotional intelligence, self-awareness, restraint, diplomacy, and patience." Yes, as you look for guidance, you can obtain and grow these incredibly critical leadership and self-improvement skills. However, your ability to master these skills is just as possible when you occupy the role as advice-giver, too.
If you increase your capacity to give guidance, you will effectively wield what Garvin and Margolis call a soft influence, shaping "important decisions while empowering others to act." In the short-term, as an advice-giver, you help others overcome their obstacles. But in the long-run, you motivate and inspire, affecting someone's decision-making and even attitude.
When you act as an advisor, the process in which you provide oversight and guidance ultimately sharpens your own problem-solving skills. You learn deeply from the problems people may bring you--as an advisor you focus more on why something poses a challenge rather than how. This allows you to think more about preventative measures you can take for yourself should you run into similar obstacles. Plus, your listening skills become increasingly more engaged as others seek counsel from you.
Still not convinced that there's more in it for you as an advice-giver rather than seeker? Remember, as Garvin and Margolis state, the rule of reciprocity is a "powerful binding force." "Providing expert advice," they say, "often creates an implicit debt that recipients will want to repay."
Sounds like a good deal to me!