Leadership should include mentorship January 10, 2007Posted by Matsu in Education, Information Technology, Management, Uncategorized.
I am where I am today partly because my former supervisor understood the importance of mentoring new (young) people. She pushed me and encouraged me and helped me to believe I could do more than I realized. And, most of all, she coached me on how to be a technology manager then provided me with opportunities to play that role. It was because of her training and assistance that I was able to grow professionally and become the manager I am, today.
For many years I have recognized the importance of being a mentor for people on my staff and for those in the larger I.T. community where I live and work. But, that sense of responsibility to do everything I can to help young I.T. staff members grow and reach their full potential has really increased in the past year. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I recently received an e-mail from Shawn, a young person who was on my staff back in the mid 1990’s when he was a college student.
Now, about ten years later, he decided one day to see if he could find me on the Internet, and he did. His e-mail was quite an encouragement as he expressed how much he learned working with me. And, while I fear it is an exaggeration, he even suggested that what he learned at work back then has served him better than the college course content he studied during that same period. Since I work at a college I must say I find that hard to believe <wink, wink>
I must admit that I feel a sense of pride that Shawn has been successful in his career and says that I had a part in helping him become the professional he is, today.
In future posts to this blog I will be sharing more thoughts on the importance of I.T. managers mentoring other technology staff to help them grow into their profession and develop them as leaders. There is much more thinking I would like to share about this, but it will have to be another night.