Mentoring Leaders for Bold Tomorrows
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In this Issue:
New Book, A New Service, and Lost Art
Leader Mentoring: The New Development Resource
In Leader Mentoring: Find, Inspire and Cultivate Great Leaders, Michael Shenkman makes the case that mentoring differs from instruction, teaching, and coaching in that it emphasizes not talents and skills used in executing a project but the qualities and values of life that are needed to sustain oneself in the creative endeavor. "No mentors, no leaders," he says, adding, "I want my new book to strongly advocate for leader mentoring as an essential, premium developmental service that aspiring leaders and their sponsors, bosses and partners need to invest in."
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Buy this book!
As you probably know, the book is out. Leader Mentoring: Find, Inspire and Cultivate Great Leaders can be purchased on our website, www.leadermentoring.com.
Buying the book, however, is just the start. I am really asking you to help us develop our aspiring leaders in a new way. As I see it, mentoring is a lost art. These days, instead of mentoring we have graduate MBA programs, a vibrant and omnipresent leader training industry, an economy focused on effective production, results, return on equity. We are in a hurry to get people on the line, ready to perform and execute high-level managerial oversight.
In the process of speeding to success we have just lost sight of the deliberate, more intensive and personally reflective process of mentoring our future leaders.
The Arch of Leadership forms the bridge between today’s drive to produce our leaders fast, and the mindful mentoring of our leaders.
On the one side of the bridge, the Arch of leadership fits into today’s driving work environment because we are professional mentors. Our work, after all, grew very organically out of 12 years of doing executive coaching and organizational development.
So our way of doing business is fits comfortably with other professional development services. You hire us like you hire executive coaches, so there’s no mystery to how we work. We have a defined curriculum, as do training programs, so you know what you’re getting. We are trained in our craft; our work is highly concentrated and focused, as are other professional services, so you can trust in our quality. We charge a flat fee for our services, just like other project-based consultants do, so you can budget the costs and measure the ROI, as with other professionals, so you know what you are buying, how long it will take and what the major milestones are. We have programs that are specifically tailored to different kinds of organizations and their pressures on time and resources.
And as we do our work, we are drawing from the other side of the great divide: we are appealing to ancient mentoring practices. Back in pre-modern times, leaders had to master certain skills – of war and king or queenship. By virtue of leaders emerging out of families, of living among the decisions, intrigue and powers that came with leading, and by making the best schooling possible available to them, the prospect literally grew up in a milieu saturated with leading as his or her reason for being.
In our complex and egalitarian society, such dynastic cultivation is neither available nor is it adequate to producing leaders in the numbers necessary for all the organizations crying out for them. Neither is this familial immersion adequate to provide exposure to what leading entails when married to not only political situations, but to technical leadership, service organization leadership, entrepreneurial leadership and pure thought and policy leadership.
As leader mentoring professionals we master the core elements of the life of leading, and concentrate our curriculum around that one role. No matter what conversation we are in, we listen to our clients and then transpose their concerns into the key of leading.
Our professionalism means that we listen carefully to our mentees and hear how their particular challenges emphasize one aspect or another of what leading demands. We listen to how their educations and backgrounds, in a technical or service or business specialty, pose barriers to getting a full sense of what leading demands; and we also capture the essence of the strengths their lives bring to their chosen field, and how to concentrate certain aspects of their lives and training into viable platforms for leading.
So our book Leader Mentoring: Find, Inspire and Cultivate Great Leaders is a detailed map. It helps you get to that bridge the Arch of Leadership has created, helps you see the view as you pass over, and it helps you envision what’s on the other side. Read it as though you are on this journey, going back and forth from one world to another. Consider how mentoring can form a bridge in your own life of leading. And then consider too, about how you can help us get more people onto this bridge and restore mentoring to its rightful place in developing our leaders.
How can you help? Consider hiring our professional mentors, of course. Consider becoming an Arch of Leadership mentor. Tell others about our work by encouraging them to subscribe to Leader Pathways and buy the book. Attend our events and meet the principals who make this program come alive. Our Breakfast Series in Santa Clara, CA begins May 22. See www.leadermentoring.com for more information and future dates. We are in the process of setting dates for events in Boston and Albuquerque, NM. If you have a group of people who you would like to have meet us, maybe we could arrange for an event in your city.
Help us. You can then say that you too helped launch a new way to develop the aspiring leaders who bring us bold tomorrows.