5When the Student Is Ready

Find a Mentor

THE GREAT THING ABOUT developing yourself as a leader is that you don’t have to make the journey alone. There is an ancient Buddhist proverb that says: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Loosely interpreted, this means that when you’re open and willing to listen, you will find the answers from someone who has been down the road before you. In the modern business world, this proverb is best defined as mentoring.

It’s easy to confuse mentoring with its popular first cousin, executive coaching. There are, however, some big differences between coaching and mentoring. Coaching facilitates the self-discovery process and involves working with someone who is skilled at asking questions to unlock ...

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