So I’ve recently left my role as a director in a recruitment firm to pursue multiple ideas and channel my energy into a problem I see all too often. Leadership is at an all time low. We live in fast paced world where time seems constantly against us. Managers are being asked to find profit where it doesn’t exist and cutting corners and beating the stick seems like the quick fix drug of choice.
I don’t want to blame these people however…in fact they’re only doing what they’ve been shown. Instead I would rather think about how I can help. Have you ever had a mentor? Are you lucky to have a few? Mentors have shown me a lot of time and patience over the years and inspired me to take brave decisions. Myth buster…my mentors have never offered nor have I asked for career advice. I find that is my decision to make. However the inspiration to see what they have been able to do and the way they have achieved the result is inspiring.
That is the part the mentor must play. Steve Jobs mentored Mark Zuckerburg and Mark wrote an emotional message of thanks when he passed, for showing him that what you can build can change the world. Carl Jung was of course mentored by Sigmund Freud a friendship which was later to turn sour, but at the time when he required inspiration, knowledge and an open mind it was there. Oprah Winfrey has openly discussed her relationship with Maya Angelo. The two have shared a close relationship for years where Oprah has said she helped her through some of the most important years of her life.
Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Army General, Colin Powell considered his father, Luther Powell a powerful mentor. Powell puts it well, he believes that all Americans should make a commitment to mentoring. “All… of us have the ability to serve as a mentor – to step forward and say, ‘I’m going to be a mentor, because I want this next generation to take America to a higher level, a better place.” And that’s the point…we are here to improve and leave.
However to do so you have to have someone believe in you and then the work ethic and passion to act upon that belief because you will go places you never thought possible. Tony Robbins attributes his ex drama teacher from school. He told Tony that he had a gift, that every time he spoke to a group or audience they were captivated…he didn’t do too badly after that I guess.
So the road map is there, proof is abundant, technology can be scaled…yet we still don’t have a solution…how do give the opportunity to everyone? That’s my big hairy goal and I will get there.