Making Leaders through mentoringLeadership Development
What has driven the increased focus on formal mentoring programs?
Today, organizations rate leadership skills as the most important competence for employees. And the challenge for these organizations is to create and retain great leaders. Unlike traditional training programs that are often expensive and time consuming, and don’t always yield the desired results, mentoring programs have been proven a more cost-efficient and reliable alternative to developing leaders.
Professionals who have benefited from mentoring programs in their own careers should take time to pay it forward by becoming mentors themselves. It’s time they make that extra effort to develop today’s talent into tomorrow’s leaders.
All in all, mentoring is a rewarding experience. What’s your take on mentorship? Have you been recently promoted to a leadership position in your organization? Do you feel your leadership style has been ineffective in creating a team or tapping the true potential of your employees? MentorCloud can be your best guide.
The question of whether leaders are born or made has been hotly debated for decades, evoking very strong opinions. And to those who say a leader who is worth his salt is a born leader, I consider your notion as the greatest delusion ever concocted by man. So, what does it take to be a great leader? What makes or breaks a leader? Does leadership requires skills that must be continuously learned and nurtured? How do you develop and retain young leaders in an organization? And the answer to all these questions is ‘Effective Mentorship’, a proven method to create leaders!
Let’s take a look at history. Some of the most successful and powerful people in the world have had mentors. Bill Gates had a mentor in Dr Ed Roberts. Mining magnate Robert Friedland has been credited for recognizing the spark in Steve Jobs when that latter was in college. World’s richest individual Warren Buffett owes his success to his teacher Benjamin Graham. The evidence is clear. No one is destined to be a leader. In fact, they are created through skilled mentoring. The basic concept of mentoring is simple! When you spend time with someone who possesses great knowledge or experience in a particular domain, you observe, reflect and absorb information to constantly improve your work life.