If you’re eager to grow and thrive, this is essential reading’Amy C Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School

Mentoring: A Complete Guide to Effective Mentoring

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The Association of Business Mentors’ recommendations to build momentum behind mentoring

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7 Books Every Business Mentor Should Read

by The Association of Business Mentors

Business mentoring is a vital part of the business support landscape. It spearheads growth, helps overcome day to day challenges and provides a sounding board of support and guidance.

As business mentors, it is our responsibility to provide our mentees with professional guidance and support, using empathy and our own practical experiences along the way. Continuous professional development is a key part of our being a professional business mentor and we are delighted to recommend to you seven books to support your development….

Your Company Needs to Pay Attention to Mentorship. Here’s Why.

on Fast Company

You’ve probably been told the benefits of having a mentor—someone who can guide you, support you, and help you advance in your career. And if you have a manager, that’s probably who you gravitate to. Initially, it’s a match made in professional heaven—their insights, experience, and mentorship propel you forward. But then, just as you’ve grown accustomed to their guidance, they depart for their next opportunity, leaving you feeling adrift in a sea of uncertainty and unfulfilled potential…

How To Mentor Our Next Generation Of Leaders

by John Baldoni on Forbes

“The research on mentoring is clear. Those who are mentored out-earn and outperform those who are not. They make higher salaries, get promoted more often, have greater job and career satisfaction and lower rates of burnout. For organizations that invest in mentoring their employees, they benefit from higher productivity and greater loyalty.”

The above paragraph is from the press material for The Financial Times Guide to Mentoring: A Complete Guide to Effective Mentoring by Ruth Gotian and Andy Lopata, and it makes the case for mentoring’s usefulness clear. The challenge is implementing programs where mentoring can be accessible, equitable and measurable.

Why Leaders Who Are Mentored Outperform Those Who Aren’t

by Ron Carucci on Forbes

Mentoring matters. This may not seem particularly groundbreaking in and of itself, yet it is still a factor that is all too commonly overlooked by entrepreneurs and other business leaders, particularly those in senior positions.

 

However, as Dr. Ruth Gotian and Andy Lopata argue in Mentoring: A Complete Guide to Effective Mentoring, “Just because you have reached a senior level, it doesn’t mean that you have all of the answers. You should certainly be able to handle challenges better than somebody who doesn’t have your experience but you can still benefit from different perspectives and insights. Becoming an executive can be isolating. None of your reports necessarily understand, nor care about, the pressures you are facing. That is where a mentor is critical.

“Even the world’s leading athletes have coaches to fine-tune their approach and to help them achieve even better results.”

How To Be A Better Mentor

On Coaching For Leaders Podcast with Dave Stachowiak

Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Associate Professor of Education in Anaesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by Nature and The Wall Street Journal as an expert in mentorship and leader­ship development. Thinkers50 has ranked her the #1 emerging management thinker in the world and she’s a top LinkedIn voice in mentoring. Ruth is the author of The Success Factor and now along with Andy Lopata, The Financial Times Guide to Mentoring*.

We’ve all heard about the benefits of mentoring. In addition to receiving mentoring, great leaders give back by providing it to others. In this episode, Ruth and I discuss what the research shows that the best mentors do well.

This Is Why Great Leaders Need Mentors

On Fast Company 

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It’s lonely at the top.”

And as much as it sounds like a corporate cliché, there is truth to that statement. When you ascend to the role of CEO, you don’t get the same level of camaraderie or support like you do when you’re part of a team. And it becomes less and less obvious who you should turn to for support.

People who become leaders tend to view their role as as a guide to others. In the process, they overlook the fact that they still need help and advice themselves. The truth is, great leaders need great mentors. Even at the top, leaders need someone in their corner. The problem is that finding honest feedback becomes more and more like trying to catch a unicorn. It feels elusive and, at times, downright impossible….

How To Get Mentored To The Top

By Henna Inam

Disruption a constant in most industries today. It also creates enormous opportunities to rise in organizations if we are able to grow our capacity to lead in complexity and ambiguity. A significant part of being able to lead in disruption is having the capacity to see around corners and anticipate what is emerging. We do that by tapping into a wider network of people, by engaging with and developing mentoring relationships across all levels in the hierarchy, with peers, and with stakeholders who have different perspectives so we can see a bigger picture.

Mentoring relationships allow us to get new information, learn new skills and get the benefit of others’ experience. They help us develop trusted partnerships with others and create connection and belonging in the workplace…

Good Mentorship Is Key to Workplace Success and Happiness

By Alison Escalante M.D.

Those who want to grow professionally or attain success in their careers would do well to find a mentor. Organizations that hope to retain and develop talent can develop effective mentoring programs. According to CJ Gross in the Harvard Business Review, “The evidence is clear: 75 percent of executives credit their success to mentors and recent research shows that 90 percent of employees with a career mentor are happy at work.”

 

As Gross and others have pointed out, even though 84 percent of Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs, most programs fall short of effectiveness, particularly when it comes to minorities and women. A new book, The Financial Times Guide to Mentoring, seeks to demystify the art of mentoring and help professional leaders, individual mentors, and organizations in general provide the mentoring their talent needs…

The 4 Types Of Mentors And The Best Kind Of Mentoring Relationships

By Rebecca Zucker

You probably skip past the Acknowledgements section whenever you read a book, but I suggest you grab the latest business book you’ve cracked open and take a closer look. Sure, the authors always thank their spouse, children, parents, and other family members—but there is one other group of individuals who are often front and center in those thank yous: mentors!

 

Just about every successful person you can think of didn’t get to that level of success alone. They had the help of experienced individuals who took them under their wing, imparted hard-won knowledge, and fostered that person’s growth.

 

And still, despite the ubiquity of the mentor-mentee relationship, only 76% of people understand the real benefits of bringing on a mentor, and less than half of those people—37%—actually go through the process to become a mentee….