Earl R. Smith II, PhD

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It is the dream of many executives in this world to become a great leader. Some are born leaders while others develop leadership qualities thorough perseverance and diligent work. In my long experience with leadership mentoring, the later group is the larger by far - and the most productive. The ‘natural’ is often beaten out by the ‘self-made’ leader.

Leadership mentoring is one of the hottest things trends today. Many businesses are seeking the help of leadership mentors to train their management team. They believe that, if the Chairman, CEO or Chief Executive officer, Vice presidents and senior Managers are provided with skilled training in leadership mentoring, the company will see a tremendous increase in productivity and a greater rapport between those at the management level and their subordinates. The reason that leadership mentoring is increasing in popularity is that these experiences have been largely positive.

There are different categories of leadership mentoring. Some leadership mentors specialize in providing a range of exclusive skills to their clients. Then there is the strategic leadership mentor who deals with the subject in general and provides all the training and skills to make you a leader. The first group is made up of specialists who have experience and training in various disciplines. The later are people who have built and managed successful organizations.

Leadership mentors - like the personal leadership mentor and the leadership life mentor - are specialists in the field of leadership mentoring and deal with the deeper issues and skills that go into making an effective leader. They impart special skills through techniques and seminars and deal with issues like personal growth, leadership styles, leadership development and much more. Here emphasis is more on making the management team members more effective leaders.

In any big company, there are leaders who are present in every level, it is the task of a good leadership mentor to recognize and bring out the leadership qualities and values in those people by helping them identify and develop themselves as successful leaders. Good leadership mentors are passionate about their work and are highly motivating. They have the capacity to develop successful leaders in any organization. The motivation skills that are present in leadership mentors are bound to attract executives who are also passionate about being excellent leaders. Good leadership mentors will be able to identify and recognize special skills that clients already possess and help them perfect those skills. Leadership mentors help their clients build up on values, skills and qualities that they already possess.

When a person undergoes transformative change, they become examples for other people. Their personal growth has a great influence not only on those working under them but also their family, friends and even the society. This process starts with finding a leadership mentor. Finding a good leadership mentor is not an easy task with so many people putting forth their credentials as leadership mentors. Here are a few parameters that can help identify a good leadership mentor.

Look for a leadership mentor who has years of experience in training leaders and who has excellent credentials. Look for a mentor who has been a leader - a successful leader that people will follow. A good leadership mentor should have excellent references from leading companies who have benefited by their leadership coaching seminars and programs.

A good leadership mentor should be able to customize an ideal leadership-training program after identifying the leaders in the organization. A customized leadership program deal with the values, issues and other factors that can help enhance the particular group in any organization.

To find a good leadership mentor one has to scrutinize with great care every detail of what the leadership mentor is likely to offer, and what guarantee he or she can provide. If you want to know more about leadership mentoring, send me an e-mail and we will arrange a time to talk.

© Earl R. Smith II, PhD

I look back on the first three months of my work with Dr. Smith with wonder. My journal reflects a journey of self-discovery so vast that I hardly recognize the person who wrote the first entries. It's been a year now and I am happier now than I have ever been.

PJ, Mentoring Client

"It's the most amazing experience I have ever had. I needed to find a new path. A friend recommended Dr. Smith. What was most amazing was the wisdom and perception that he brought. New vistas have opened up and, as a result, a new chapter in my life. There's no way that I could put a value on what he has contributed to my life."

Mentoring Client, CEO and Serial Entrepreneur

"Chief - that's how Dr.Smith was introduced to me and, based on our work together, I have come to understand why - helped me focus on the possibilities that I had been missing in my life. He guided through developing a new vision for my life. My life is richer because of working with him."

Mentoring Client

"Earl is a wise mentor with lots of experience. He has a great way of explaining things and getting you to look at them from another perspective. Dr. Smith is a tough mentor, but, if you can learn just some of what he knows, your life will change forever."

Mentoring Client, Deloitte

“Dr. Smith is a very different kind of mentor. If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy adviser, this is the wrong guy for you. But if you are dedicated to change and want to be challenged by a very experienced mentor Earl may be just what you are looking for.”

CEO of Croix Connect and Host of ABC Radio’s ‘Taking Care of Business’

“Dr. Smith's mentorship has been of great value and inspiration to my personal and professional development. I felt the need to take a new direction. He helped me sort out the possibilities and showed me ones that I never considered. Working with him has been a truly life-changing experience.”

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