Every Joshua needs a Moses, every Elisha needs an Elijah, every Timothy needs a Paul, every Naomi needs a Ruth.
One of the key responsibility of a leader is to ensure continuity of their vision. A major difference between a manager and a leader is that a leader develops others to become leaders whilst a manager is busy managing people and resources. A leader who impacts lives leaves a legacy by nurturing emerging leaders. A leader's satisfaction comes from adding value to the lives of other people and seeing this replicated in the lives of those they have influenced. Leaders deliberately seek others to mentor and hand over the baton.
Organisations that thrives has a good talent management and succession plan in place. They understand that having leaders to take over is a critical success factor for their survival and continuity.
"Whenever I am asked what is the missing link between a promising businessperson and a successful one, mentoring comes to mind. Giving people advice on how they can best achieve their goals is something that is often overlooked" Richard Branson
Mentoring is the process of guiding someone to achieve their desired result. To become a leader, you need the wisdom and experience of mentors; people who have already taken similar paths to that which you desire. Some knowledge which contributes significantly to shaping your life story might come from other people's experiences. Mentors are able to guide,encourage, teach and inspire you along your leadership journey. Mentors challenge you to reach the highest potential in all areas of your life.
Moses spent time to mentor Joshua, likewise Paul with Timothy, David with Solomon, Elijah with Elisha and Jesus with the twelve disciples. Mentors can be anyone but most importantly, they must be someone that inspires and motivates you.
If you are a leader and you are not mentoring someone in whatever capacity, you are not adding value to anyone. Until you mentor someone to become the best they were created to be, your leadership is irrelevant.
If you are an aspiring or emerging leader, get a mentor, you can't buy their nuggets of wisdom from years of experience in a Business School.
A lot of people have gone further than they thought they
could because someone else thought they could. ~ Unknown.
If you are interested in being a mentor or getting a mentor and would like more information on how to go about it, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful week.