The Magic of Mentoring


When people think of mentoring, they often associate it with an older executive who counsels a promising newbie.  The senior leader advises the junior employee on his career, navigating office politics and what’s needed to get ahead.  But mentoring has dramatically changed over the last few decades.

Maybe you find yourself stuck in a career rut or itching to broaden your skills and take on new challenges. Perhaps you’re eyeing a higher-level management role or other professional advancement. If you wait for senior managers to notice you and “bring you along,” you’ll be disappointed with the wait—assuming a promotion ever happens.

Effective mentoring is essential for leadership development. Done right, it’s one of the most powerful tools for gaining wisdom, reaping the rewards of job growth and achieving a strong competitive advantage in today’s job marketplace. Successful leaders mentor, coach and partner with their employees instead of practicing command-and-control management.

That said, it’s up to you to cultivate a beneficial mentoring relationship—and to pursue it with rigor and commitment.

This article explores mentoring vs. coaching, four myths about mentoring, and suggests four steps and some quick tips for mentors and protégés.


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The complete article includes these important concepts:

  • Mentoring Vs. Coaching
  • 4 Mentoring Myths
  • Do’s and Don’ts
  • Encouraging Reciprocity
  • Quick Tips for Mentors and Protégés


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