BUSINESS BASICS NUMBER 7

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Mentoring matters. That is an important business basic. Everyone is new once. Most of us are new many times in various contexts. Therefore, we all need mentors and we should all be mentors.

Mentorship is essential to leadership and leadership is essential to success. Mentorship is a channel for wisdom, guidance, and insight. When any leader acts decisively and wisely, you know that it is not just that leader taking action. A whole lot of mentorship went into that action because a whole lot of mentorship went into that leader.

Mentorship is not only a way of nurturing success, but it is a way of preserving community. In giving and receiving mentorship, we perpetuate our energies, refocus our goals, and enliven our communities. Yet mentoring never violates the individual’s freedom to make tough decisions in a uniquely personal way. The buck has to stop with someone.

The most successful organizations that I have seen have a mentoring culture. Mentoring is integrated into their DNA. Its members get up every day and they think about who they will mentor and who will mentor them. And in that way, their mentorship continues.


About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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