People often learn not by themselves but through others. As a mentor you have an opportunity to develop the leadership capacity of another person while you increase your own skills in such areas as managing relationships and providing feedback. If you take mentoring seriously and handle it effectively, your impact can be profound.
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E. Wayne Hart is a senior enterprise associate at CCL's San Diego campus and is the Center's energy practice leader. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California.