A key building block in the construction of a formal mentoring program is the commitment of top management, according to Dr. Romila Singh. Informal programs can exist organically, but formal programs require systematic, results-oriented planning.
Dr. Charles Middleton analyzes what it takes to pursue a career in higher education and shares some advice on how to earn a leadership position.
Future leaders should develop a strong ability to listen and a respect for the academic and personal values they have, according to Dr. Middleton.
What do you think?
Mentors used to be someone you found informally — they were successful people that you tried to emulate. No one really tried to formalize the mentorship process until about 25 years ago, when the first systematic mentorship studies were published, according to Dr. Romila Singh.
But do organizations need a mentorship program? Not all successful relationships depend on formal, systematic programs. And not all forms of mentorship need to come from mentors. People find help from a variety of sources with varying degrees of interaction — coaches, sponsors, and friends can all help you through your career.