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Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader: Proven Strategies for Building Excellence in Your Organization by William Rothwell

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CHAPTER 6THE REFLECTIVE MENTOR

The unexamined life is not worth living.”

—Socrates, Greek philosopher

Experience Is the Best Teacher

Many of us are familiar with the old saw “Experience is the best teacher,” and many of us would agree. But how can we, as individuals, learn from experience?

One old and time-tested way is reflection.

Reflection—now that’s another familiar thing, and it seems to be a big deal too. It’s been said that reflection is “an art of which every man [and woman] should be a master.” Yet questions abound:

• What exactly is reflection?

• How do we reflect? Even if we do reflect, are we reflecting effectively?

• How is reflection relevant to mentoring?

In this chapter, we will answer these questions, and more. Specifically, ...

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