Employer and employees alike across all industries are realizing the importance of mentoring. Many businesses have allocated new resources and implementing changes to their existing policies and procedure to support their employees and help them develop new essential skills and capabilities in order to be more affective on their jobs.
A common notion is that new hirers and first year college graduates entering a particular industry would require mentoring. It has been documented that even the most seasoned practitioner can benefit from the support and direction of a personal coach and or the guidance of a, died in the wool professional who has cut their teeth in the field can have on repurposing their skills. The senior executives, managers and specialists are subjected to extreme scrutiny as they need to demonstrate significant development in all areas of a dynamic environment.
The Executive Levels and Their Requirements:
Expectations at the Management Level:
A manager with considerable experience behind him/her is expected to deliver results quickly and efficiently. The reasons for this are as follows:
- They need to set an example and lead from the front, showing the rest of the staff how work needs to be executed.
- They need to have the skill to identify performers and delegate appropriate tasks. They also need to provide encouragement and support for executives performing below par.
- An experienced manager needs to have foresight and keep subordinates synchronized to implement important projects that need to be completed within a deadline.
- To develop new skills.
- To achieve effective networking.
- To keep the clients happy and ensure their satisfaction.
- To maintain old partnerships efficiently while making new tie ups.
- Keep your old business connections active and network for a wider circle of contacts.
- To make an assessment of your current skill set and evaluate if it is on par with what the industry demands.
- To lead the others.
- To improve own corporate abilities.
- To improve current industry knowledge and predict the future, and
- Last but not the least to judge the market and make correct career switches if required.
A professional not only requires coaching, he needs to be a good mentor for the others as well. For this he needs to develop and improve the following characters:
- A mentor himself must have a helpful disposition, the desire to help others must come instinctively. In this way it is beneficial for the entire corporate house.
- An executive leader must learn to motivate, be assuring and confident to the associates as well as the clients and must be optimistically realistic in approach.
- A leader must know how to ask the right questions to different individuals to develop full length understanding in order to make progress.
- An executive has to be filled with practical knowledge, must be an active listener and must provide genuine feedback to juniors as well as to clients. The cumulative result is sure success.
As a professional with many years of experience in a particular industry, fields and job classification, those same skills are transferable and can very well be utilized in another sector with some improvisations. By approaching a professional mentor with experience in the particular industry you will see the transference of skills as a viable possibility.RMA/