Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Enhancing Effectiveness in Mentoring

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Enhancing Effectiveness in Mentoring

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The following is a preview of a topic that will be addressed during one of the Leadership Training Institute seminars to be hem in conjunction with the Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

Continuous learning is more critical than ever to achieve high performance and success, Over the last decade, well-recognized scholars on organizational effectiveness have dramatically changed their view on the essential elements and functions of mentoring.

Previously, mentoring was seen as a role that only top leaders would take on to ensure that the "best and the brightest" would move quickly through the organizational hierarchy thereby occupying key roles among the elite while granting credit and praise to the one offering the mentoring.

Mentoring was seen as a way to select and clone good leaders by replicating the positive attitude, knowledge, behaviors and skills displayed from the already established and successful mentor to the "hungry to be developed" mentee. The top down, "I will tell you and show you" approach was widely accepted as a way to ensure the continued succession of top leaders in the organization, and to ensure the organizational culture would continue as a predictable and steadying force.

In recent literature on mentoring, the emphasis has changed to mutual learning, adaptation, and change. Mentoring is seen a "learning partnership in the workplace that leads to mutual growth and development" and a role that requires high degrees of "emotional intelligence"--the ability to be self-aware, self-regulate, motivate self and others, demonstrate empathy and display effective social skills,

Mentoring concentrates on three key competencies--understanding self and others, communicating effectively, and developing leadership competency in all employees In this competitive environment, the ability for leaders to enhance their effectiveness in mentoring is a key contributor to organizational results and employee morale. …

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