“Five lessons to create and develop ‘future global leaders’ for tomorrow’s organisations:
1.- Seize opportunities to learn about different cultures, values and perspectives (so that you can navigate through and bridge those differences).
2.- Get a coach and a mentor early in your career in order to recognise your personal strengths and weaknesses and to learn from your mistakes; meet regularly with your mentor.
3.- Be authentic and genuine (demonstrate strong moral and values in all you say and in all you do).
4.- Recognise the interdependence among global issues, countries, communities and people.
5.- Practise collaborative leadership (take the effort to hear everyone’s voice and listen your stakeholders)”.
[Taken from a video of the ‘Davos World Economic Forum’ on YouTube].
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Regarding the second point (“get a coach and a mentor”), I really believe that, if you have vision, talent, ambition and courage, the mentor may represent the pivotal difference. He or she may prove to be the catalyst for your success. The problem is that it is the only factor that does not depend completely on you. You can create the conditions, or seek for the specific context where it can naturally emerge; and also approach to the appropriate people asking them directly to take on such a role for you (for your purposes). However, it may become way too difficult depending on your personal circumstances, social position and, above all, on where you were at your starting point.
A mentor is the one who assumes a real commitment towards your goals, challenges and honest ambitions. There is no room for selfishness and egotism in this kind of relationship. He or she must really believe in your skills and vision and, consequently, bring tangible insight, knowledge, contacts and clarity to you.
By doing so (by adding value to whatever purposes you already pursue), he will also enrich himself considerably. Among other reasons, because he is enabling his own legacy. This is the deal. Thus, do not forget to give back in equal measure same ‘qualities’ on return to the ones you receive. Such person, widely respected and influential within a specific field of your interest, can help improve your performance til the point you are able to achieve the goals you have in your dreams. Precisely, thanks to his/her generosity, experience, wisdom and network.
Finally, do not stop, never stop your own work and progression regardless whether this role (a mentor) appears or not. Your task is only to be prepared to take advantage of such ‘factor’ if it eventually comes up; but it is not to stay aside expecting, or even waiting, that [in some specific moment or with some specific person] it is going to happen / it has to happen. It doesn’t.
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Bearing in mind the importance of a mentor for your career and personal growth, you must also remember that what can seem like a great connection or apparent support can be motivated out by pure self interest and harmful ambition, even envy. Exactly the opposite you can expect from a mentor. For this reason, I encourage you, as a potential/natural leader (regardless the number of ‘followers’ you have now), to make the journey alone if necessary. Only with temporary, multiple and chance supports if you may, but with inarguable freedom and full confidence in your talent and vision. Even if nobody recognizes them, at least expressly, you are already aware of their value.
Simply, make sure you never give up in your goal of becoming “a global leader” without worrying too much about the scope where, eventually, you can apply such leadership. Despite the lack of ‘large scale’ recognition, there are many routes to reaching that aim. Just, be patient, persistent and influential in any capacity and context.