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StrategyMay 15, 2014

Lessons In Mentorship From Peter Drucker

Morgan Eseke

Mentorship is the very meaningful art of intentionally investing in another person to help them reach their potential. Within my first two weeks as a Credera employee, I noticed the practice of intentionally investing in others makes up the soul of this company.

Today, nearly two years later, I reflect with gratitude on how much Credera’s emphasis on mentorship has affected me. Because of my mentors (Jennifer Howell, Matt Levy, and many others) I’ve experienced tremendous personal and professional growth.  My skills have been sharpened and my weaknesses have improved. My desire to pursue excellence in my job has multiplied along with my job satisfaction because of their encouragement and purposeful direction.  In turn, I endeavor to intentionally invest in other colleagues and hope to build them up in the same way.

Recently Bob Buford published Drucker & Me: What a Texas Entrepreneur Learned from the Father of Modern Management, a book that offers an inside look into his unique mentorship relationship with Peter Drucker. Drucker & Me is an inspiring narrative that provides meaningful lessons on mentorship.

In a recent TIME.com article, Rick Wartzman, the Executive Director of the Drucker Institute, shared five important mentorship secrets described in Buford’s book. Even if you don’t plan to pick up a copy of Drucker & Me I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to read Wartzman’s article:

5 Secrets to Being a Great Mentor — From Someone Mentored by the Best

If you have questions about the benefits of mentorship or personal experiences of how mentorship has impacted you, I’d love to hear from you. For more content on business and leadership, follow us on LinkedIn or on Twitter @Credera.