It is a leader’s responsibility to provide people with the right support to do their job. The bedrock of that support can be found in the relationship between manager and employee. The best way to nurture that relationship is through frequent and regular one-on-one coaching sessions. Coaching provides the opportunity for the leader to get to know the employee as a person and how she can help the employee achieve personal and organizational goals. Coaching also begins the process of creating the next generation of leaders. As coach of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers, the late Pat Summitt, by her own definition, is a combination of teacher, coach, and commander; she connects with her players on a competitive and personal level, pushing them (as well as enabling them) to succeed.
Mentoring is the best way we know of to share knowledge, experience and expertise throughout an organization. Mentoring pairs talented, experienced employees (mentors) with promising, less experienced employees (mentorees). Over time, working one-on-one, the mentor and mentoree – and the organization – all benefit. Benefits include:
Gains insights from the mentoree’s background and history that can be used in the mentor’s professional and personal development.