Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Mentoring Works

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Mentoring Works

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Behavioral Healthcare is facing a leadership crisis. As the old guard moves into retirement, too few younger professionals have the skills and experience to lead the field as it faces the usual challenges and adjusts to new ones. In this issue, we present several perspectives on how behavioral healthcare can better prepare its next generation of leaders. One important message is that leadership development should he an ongoing process, part of your everyday interactions with staff.

Serving as a mentor is one way to promote leadership qualities. I can attest to the value of mentoring from personal experience. My mentor is someone you may know, Behavioral Health Management's former editorial director Richard Peck. Without Richard's guidance, I would not be in charge of this magazine today. He took an interest in helping me develop not only my editorial skills, but also my ability to manage and work well with others. He taught this eager (perhaps sometimes too eager) greenhorn the value of patience, listening, and careful analysis. He gave me advice, but also let me learn from my mistakes. …

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