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Mentoring the Next Generation of Leaders (Chapter 4, Leadership Lessons)

Working on projects with a team can provide an opportunity to serve as a leader or become a mentor. Taking on these responsibilities creates a unique position to teach, learn, and successfully reach goals together. Whether serving in a formal mentoring program, or falling into a mentoring role by chance, there are several questions to keep in mind to stimulate and improve the experience.

A mentor should ask themselves how to create a supportive environment for the team to explore leadership aspirations and enrich learning. Questioning ways to use challenges for self-evaluation and self-reflection can allow future leaders to rise to the occasion and develop crucial confidence in their capabilities. Finally, asking how to evolve from learner to leader or manager will produce a workplace where the mentee is prepared to become an effective leader.

As a prospective leader, one must consider how they can contribute to their department and not be afraid to seek opportunities to rise to meet challenges and expand their capabilities.

Read More about these techniques and many other valuable pieces of advice in AACRAO’s book Leadership Lessons: Visions and Values for a new Generation.