Organizational mentoring matters

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[vimeo id="103928675"] Many organizations are successful at making profits and increasing market share, but can it be sustained when the emerging leaders come up to key positions? Will these new leaders know about strategic planning and visionary thinking? Too many times organizations are left scrambling in the midst of leadership changes and a smooth transition doesn’t take place. These issues can be avoided through one intentional action.

Mentoring.

Here’s why it matters.

First, leaders can teach effective decision-making skills. Most leadership decisions are not black and white. Effective leaders must learn how to navigate the grey areas, which are much more complicated. Only a seasoned leader who’s experienced the process of decision-making at all levels can give insight into making effective choices in the grey areas. There’s a process that each leader goes through until they come to a decision point. Only they can teach this process to emerging leaders.

Second, leaders teach what it means to prioritize. Setting priorities is a skill that many people struggle with – especially emerging leaders. As you move up the chain of command the issues become bigger and the problems multiply. How do you know which issue to solve first? Priorities should always be driven by the organization’s values. Decisions are made according to the values, but the emerging leaders must learn how to set their priorities in order. Only seasoned leaders can teach these skills.

Third, leaders teach what it means to execute a decision. It’s one thing to make a decision and another to actually follow it through. Many big decisions require collaboration from multiple departments, which automatically involves multiple people and various personalities. Communication, collaboration and efficiency are all necessary skills in making sure that decisions are carried out effectively. Interpersonal skills are also very important – learning how to emotionally gauge each conversation and person is crucial to carrying out decisions. Seasoned leaders can teach these skills to emerging leaders.

Fourth, leaders teach project management skills. This is similar to carrying out decisions. Again there are multiple parts to managing projects. These vary with the size of the project, but the same skills apply here also. Most of management depends on interpersonal skills because navigating various personalities is half the battle. Seasoned leaders can definitely help emerging leaders navigate these situations.

Fifth, leaders teach how to work with little to no supervision. In other words, this skill is about being a self-starter and self-finisher. It’s about being disciplined to carry out the duties that need to be carried out. People with these types of skills are the types of workers that leaders want in their organizations. They don’t need to spend resources to supervise people and make sure that they’re doing their job. Effective leaders can help emerging leaders grasp the value of this skill.

Thanks for checking out my blog today. I trust I’ve encouraged you today. If you have some follow up thoughts about mentoring, please send me a note below. Have a great day!