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Alinka Rutkowska is a top 100 Amazon best-selling author in business and money – and in children’s books. She's sold more than 100,000 copies of her books and her book creation process has been showcased in Entrepreneur magazine. Alinka is the CEO of Leaders Press and has launched all its titles to best-seller status. She's the founder of LibraryBub, which connects independent authors with 10,000+ librarians. She's been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Business, Writer's Digest, Alliance of Independence Authors, International Book Publishers' Association and many more.
A mentor can be defined as an experienced person who delivers knowledge, advice, guidance, motivation, and emotional support to the mentee. Mentorship is a strategic planning process, one of learning from seasoned experts whether they are from professional organizations, family members, religious organizations, local groups, and leaders from previous places of employment.
Alinka opens this book saying, ‘Leadership is never a solo endeavor. (You know, that whole “no man is an island’ thing.) All successful entrepreneurs have advisors who – purposely or inadvertently – influence their habits and path to success. In fact, mentors can be the most critical asset a top leader can engage to help them navigate the twists and turns of their entrepreneurial journey. ’ And with that stimulus she offers 70 interviews with CEOs, leaders, founders and presidents of companied with 25 years of experience or more leading their business. By organizing her interviews into sections she covers common traits – ‘passion, vision, adaptability, persistence, customer-centeredness, and relationships.’ She then outlines similarities in their practices – ‘childhood entrepreneurship, giving versus taking, positive habits, negative habits, morning routine, and reading and writing.’ In doing so she capitalizes on the wisdom of her contributors in a manner that makes the concepts accessible.
Once again Alinka demonstrates why she herself has been so successful as well as shaping entrepreneurs – by constantly stimulating thought and fresh ideas to those who seek success. Alinka is herself a Mentor! Grady Harp, February 20
Mentoring probably dates back to ancient cave people teaching their children how to hunt, cook, and live a more fulfilling life. Certainly the best-known ancient mentor is Plato, who taught so much to the young students of his Lyceum in Athens. Mentorship gets passed on from mentors to mentees, who often become mentors themselves. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
As much as some might think the computer is useful for the transfer of knowledge, it cannot, and will not, ever replace one human's sharing knowledge, instruction and guidance with another. That's because mentoring is a nuanced art, borne of love, not a science. Computers can provide rote content, but only a teacher or mentor can provide the context for that content. Few people are able or willing to undertake mentoring for just these reasons.
That's why, if you have any interest in mentoring, you ought to read this book. It's not a how-to, and that's a good thing. It's 70+ stories of real people who are mentors. You can learn so much more about mentoring from reading how others have done it, and that's exactly the point, isn't it? The authors interviewed these individuals and in each one telling you their stories of mentoring, they are mentoring you, helping you learn if mentoring is something you want to give to others.
Read "Supreme Leadership Mentors." See if mentoring is something you would like to give to others.