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Michael H. Shenkman has lengthy experience in mentoring up-and-coming leaders. Since the field of professional leader mentoring is so new, he takes time to explain what it is and isn’t. He differentiates leader mentoring from coaching, and gives priority to his chosen field. The book provides core ideas, some real-world examples and a few testimonials. However, it also includes an unexpected ingredient: a sales pitch that invites you to hire his company. Even so, getAbstract finds that his comprehensive teaching suggestions are specific and useful, from how to select a mentoring candidate to how to calculate the ROI of mentoring.

About the Author

Michael Shenkman, Ph.D., is the author of a number of books and articles. He developed his “Arch of Leadership” after 20 years of consulting and executive coaching. He is now president of his own consulting firm and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.



What is Leader Mentoring?

You know how important your people are. Their talents and energy keep your company competitive, and you work hard to lead and motivate them to fulfill your vision for the firm. But how much time are you devoting to developing leaders? Are you doing enough to secure the future of your company? If you neglect to identify and develop the right leadership prospects, the best people might leave and you will find yourself short of qualified future leaders. While you personally can provide some mentoring, your precious time is demanded elsewhere. Moreover, if you have a large company, you simply cannot mentor enough people to provide the amount of leadership training that your organization requires.

Mentoring is different from coaching. With coaching, you focus on helping a person do a job better, accomplish a task or reach a goal. Mentoring, on the other hand, transforms the person from a potential leader into a natural leader and motivator. Professional leader mentoring provides your firm with third-party expertise that can take your budding leaders and determine which ones have the potential for future success. The leader-mentoring process emphasizes...

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