I was chatting with Art Petty not long ago. Art is a thought leader in the space of “leadership” and I mentioned I feel like singing …” where have all the mentors gone? Long time passing everyone…” As I discussed with Art, a number of the young leaders coming up through the ranks lack a foundation in basic skills that were once the responsibility of one’s mentors to teach.
With the aging demographic of baby boomers and their impending exodus (though probably delayed) our economy has a potential leadership shortfall GAP in the next 10 years that could have dramatic negative impacts on organization’s profits and shareholder values. We must train our future leaders and set them up to win in the future.
I was blessed to have a number of mentors throughout my career and to this day the wisdom they shared still resonates within me. So I set out to be a part of the solution and share the wisdom they generously shared with me, with you, in my blog. If you like this format please let me know and I will share more.
Over the last few weeks I have shared;
12 Mentor Moments;
As I face challenges I have the benefit of over 25 years of experience and mentors wisdom to center me and help me make decisions that provide the maximum value. These mentor moments I now so cherish are often used to filter new information.
If you currently do not have a mentor…find one!
If you are not currently mentoring someone…become one!
I am reminded of when I studied martial arts and I became a green belt. In our dojo, once you earned a green belt you have demonstrated the ability to execute basic key movements on a consistent basis, so you were asked to teach the white belts. At first, as a young green belt we thought this was an honor to share our knowledge and skill. However as you progress in rank over the years you ask new green belts to teach you understand that when you teach it makes your understanding of techniques and movement stronger. The same is true for when you choose to mentor others.
Being a mentor to others is not for sissy’s…
They will test you.
They probably will not value you when you challenge them.
They may misinterpret your assistance as discipline.
They may push your buttons when they become uncomfortable..Push them anyway.
The more they challenge you, the more your proficiency will grow.
When challenged you will find your skill grows as well.
How about your organization…
Do you have a formal mentor program to prepare tomorrow’s leaders? If so please share…
How about you, do you have a mentor?
Did you pick them or did they pick you?
What are some mentor moments you have been given over the years the up and coming leaders should hear?
If you find yourself looking for a mentor, you can read some the mentors I studied over the years on my about page. Be a part of the solution and actively seek out mentors to improve your results today and into the future.