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Twofer Tuesday: On Leadership & Mentoring

None of us got to where we are today without help. We all look to others for guidance and example. And if we’re really lucky, we just might cross paths with a great coach or mentor who helps define the path we take. Here are two articles that dive into the relationship between coaching, mentorship and developing tomorrow’s leaders.

Shaping the Future of Leadership

Passing on the torch is nothing new to business leadership. All managers eventually step down, no matter how long their reign.

What is new about the process is the high number of relatively young people stepping up into leadership roles. This Business Insider piece looks at the importance of coaching for millennial leaders and other first-time managers:

“Millennials are expected to make up half of the global workforce by 2020, and we know that many of them aspire to leadership roles. Because of this, they truly will shape the culture. It is crucial for organizations to know how to help them grow and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

Read: New Research Highlights What Millennial Leaders and First-Time Managers Need to Succeed

The Mentor: A Lesson in Leadership

Of course, leaders of all ages are called upon to offer coaching, not just be open to receiving it. Just about any business leader you ask will tell you that mentorship played a central role in their professional development, and most are keen to pay it forward.

Still, mentorship must be done right if the protegé is going to come away with valuable lessons learned. This illuminating article in Forbes offers advice on how to deliver effective mentorship — and what to avoid at all costs.

Read: The Dos and Don’ts of Mentoring

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