Leader Pathways

The Life of Leading Greatly  
November 2008
  


Mentoring Leaders for Bold Tomorrows

Individual Mentoring or Custom In-house Group Programs

Publishing and Speaking

In this Issue:

Tough Times: Invest In Your Leaders

Mentoring Aspiring Leaders: The Hidden Resource
November 13, 2008, 7:30–9:30AM
Marriott Courtyard: Pan American Highway
(off Rte 25), Albuquerque, NM
Michael Shenkman Introduces the Idea
of Leader Mentoring

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Leader Mentoring by Michael ShenkmanIn 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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   Tough Times: Invest In Your Leaders


Michael ShenkmanThese are tough economic times. For small and medium sized businesses especially, tough times are scary times. How can such businesses survive?

Here’s one answer: They can count on their greatest under-utilized resource—their leaders and their potential leaders. They can invest in leaders and the development of in difficult times because such an investment will be returned a thousand times over.

What’s the most effective way to do this? Leader mentoring.

Consider the difference it makes to have good leaders in an organization. For one thing, they commit their lives to making the business survive and grow no matter what. Good leaders really care about what the business offers its customers, employees and owners. They take a downturn as an opportunity to bring out new ideas, test new products and services and push the firm to invest in what they believe will turn the corner. In general, leaders do whatever it takes to help a business turn that corner. They act because it’s in their nature to seek out possibilities and dreams and turn them into reality.

I’ve experienced this kind of spirit first-hand. Six years ago, a small group of people started a leader mentoring program via a grant to an economic development agency. They used our program, Arch of Leadership, to provide content, training and program management. When the grant money and the sponsoring organization went away, this program had absolutely nothing to fall back on. It should have died on the spot.

But our alums and mentors, leaders all, declared, “No way will we let this program die!” In a matter of months these individuals, all volunteers, recruited a brand new class, prepared mentors, located a facility and conducted a full-blown, complete leader mentoring program. They never faltered nor doubted that they’d succeed. They were accustomed to leading, to putting ideas into practice, to biting the bullet and to hoeing hard ground, actions that promise success down the road, even if sometimes far down the road.

Leaders work from a standpoint of commitment, not reward. As one mentee in one of our programs put it, “Managers care for people to get results; leaders get results because they care about people.” That was evident, in spades, in the successful re-launching of this leader mentoring program, now called Next Step Leader Mentoring.

We’re still going strong, and next spring we will begin our eighth class. Our program offers individual mentoring to its participants, delivered by trained mentors—leaders—from the community. Many of these mentors have been with our program for all seven years of our existence. NOTE: Our Boston partner Bonnie Gorbaty will be starting such a program in the Boston area soon… stay tuned!

Over the course of our years of service, many of our participants have gone through their own tough times: their businesses downsizing, or their jobs disappearing, or their personally feeling the need for change and expanded responsibilities. And all of these people have emerged from those downturns to arrive at eventual new success. These alumni of ours say that this program reminded them of what it means to commit to a dream, a passion, an idea or an important service. And once the commitment was made, there was no turning back.

So what’s the main ingredient for getting a business through hard times, and for possibly transforming those times into phases of real growth? My answer is: Cultivate your leaders and your leaders’ commitment to your company. Leaders don’t grow on trees or materialize out of thin air. Leaders are discovered, inspired and cultivated by other leaders. An investment in mentoring your organization’s leaders will be your best investment and insurance whenever times get tough.

Help us! You can then say that you too joined forces to launch a new way to develop the aspiring leaders who bring us bold tomorrows. To learn more about how Arch can work with YOUR organization, contact me personally or visit www.leadermentoring.com.


If you live in Albuquerque, don't miss it:

Mentoring Aspiring Leaders:
The Hidden Resource

Michael Shenkman Introduces the Idea of Leader Mentoring

November 13, 2008, 7:30–9:30AM

Marriott Courtyard: Pan American Highway (off Rte 25)
Seating is limited - Register NOW!

A Next Step Leader Mentoring breakfast session,
sponsored by Jami Grindatto, Intel Corporation
and Don Chalmers, Chalmers Ford

Hear presentations by Jami Grindatto, Don Chalmers and Michael Shenkman
on how leading and leader mentoring can make the difference
for your business in these tough, trying times.
Learn about Next Step Leader Mentoring’s upcoming
community mentoring program, and how to register for its 8th class,
designed to transform aspirations into effective leading.

Fee of $30 includes breakfast, presentations and a copy of Michael Shenkman’s new book: Leader Mentoring: Find, Inspire and Cultivate Great Leading (Career Press)

Register online at: www.new-directions-institute.org

For questions or further information, contact: Barbara Brazil 505-897-3506.