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It has been widely acknowledged that one of the big-
gest leadership challenges of our time is to develop
future talent – the leaders of tomorrow. Organisations
are starting to recognise, accept and address this issue,
as shown in the recent CIPD Learning and Develop-
ment 2014 Report (April 2014), where one of the most
common objectives of the talent management activi-
ties identified was to develop high-potential employ-
ees and grow future leaders. Mentoring ranked within
the top three talent management activities that organi-
sations had found to be most effective in developing
and retaining talent.
In our experience, mentoring can be particularly effec-
tive when young leaders are paired with experienced
senior leaders. These senior leaders are ideally
sourced from within the same organisation so that the
advice and guidance they provide draws on their
knowledge, expertise, network and leadership skills.
An added benefit is that mentoring connects all levels
of employees and the development opportunity, for
both the mentor and mentee, encourages them to en-
gage with the organisation. This improves morale and
productivity and helps to retain talented employees at
all levels.
So, in the interest of encouraging a mentoring culture
for young leaders, particularly those just beginning
their careers, we asked five senior leaders;
‘What advice would you give to your 22 year old
self?’
Name:
Piet Daenen
Organisation:
Rolls-Royce
Position:
Senior Vice President, Marine Operations -
Asia
‘What advice would you
give to your 22 year old
self?’
You can never invest
enough time in under-
standing & improving self-
awareness and how you
lead yourself - this invest-
ment will pay dividends in
how effectively you lead
others. At the core of your
leadership, ensure you have a clear set of behavioural
values that you do not compromise for anyone.
Name:
Chris Hanvey
Organisation:
Royal College
of Paediatrics and Child
Health
Position:
CEO
‘What advice would you
give to your 22 year old
self?’
Above all enjoy life. Take
risks and experiment, you can afford to do so. Show
humility and remember that wisdom is only gained by
experience. If you want to become a good leader know
yourself and, difficult though it is, listen to advice. This
is the currency that helps buy success.
Name:
Sukhi Clark
Organisation:
Jaguar Land
Rover
Position:
Special Operations
Planning Manager
‘What advice would you
give to your 22 year old
self?’
Don't be frightened to dream big, allow yourself to
make mistakes & learn from them, take up space and
offer your thoughts & opinions in a constructive &
helpful way, always enjoy what you are doing and just
remember to be yourself.
Mentoring Future Leaders
Mentoring ranked within the top
three talent management activities
that organisations had found to be
most effective in developing and
retaining talent. .”
An added benefit is that mentoring
connects all levels of employees and
the development opportunity, for
both the mentor and mentee,
encourages them to engage with the
organisation. This improves morale
and productivity and helps to retain
talented employees at all levels.”