Talent Spolight of the Month: May 2024

Mentorship Matters: The Impact of Guiding and Developing Future Leaders

Beyond traditional development initiatives, ‘effective mentorship’ has emerged and consolidates lately  as a cornerstone for developing future leaders. As companies navigate the complexities of modern business, the role of mentorship becomes increasingly crucial in fostering talent, building resilience, and driving innovation.

In this edition of our Talent Spotlight, we want to highlight these initiatives, as we believe they are highly relevant in many of our clients context today. When implemented effectively and with the proper strategy, a mentoring program can be incredibly impactful… way beyond what we could initially think.

How does Mentorship really work and why it matters

"If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always have had a great mentor at some point along the road." - Richard Branson

In a nutshell Mentorship offers a structured pathway for knowledge transfer, skill development, and career guidance. It provides mentees with the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals, gain insights into industry best practices, and receive constructive feedback. For mentors, it’s a chance to develop leadership skills, give back to the community, and stay connected with emerging trends. A successful Mentorship programme brings value for both Mentors and Mentees with wide positive collateral benefits for the organization.

How Mentorship initiatives can help address some of today's business challenges

Among the benefits, three areas can massively benefit from a Mentorship initiative:

1. Talent Retention and Development

A Deloitte survey showed that 91% of employees with mentors are satisfied with their jobs, compared to 63% without mentors. By fostering a sense of belonging and career satisfaction among employees, effective mentorship programs can reduce turnover rates. They appear especially impactful to address the evolving expectations of our workforce.

2. Leadership Pipeline

Mentorship helps identify high-potential employees and prepares them for leadership roles which will contribute to ensure the sufficient and adequate leadership pipeline. A study by Gartner reveals that companies with strong mentorship programs see a 25% increase in leadership readiness compared to those without.

3. Employee Engagement and Productivity

Mentorship boosts employee engagement and hence productivity as it creates an environment of continuous learning and support, driving higher performance levels.

Why is Mentorship specifically a relevant Leadership initiative to consider in 2024?  

"One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination." - John C. Maxwell  

The accelerated business change environment (‘transformations’) makes it more relevant than ever as a Leadership initiative. To quote a few, remote and hybrid work models, technological advancements, cross-cultural challenges and evolving workforce expectations necessitate adapted mentorship frameworks to help navigate these changes effectively. The Mentor-Mentee relationship, with the human connection at its core, helps bridge the gap, ensuring that employees remain motivated, informed, and prepared for future challenges.

Notorious examples of Mentorship programs

A few well known and respected organisations led the way, with different focus sometimes.

Google’s mentorship program pairs new employees with experienced Googlers to help them acclimate to the company culture and navigate their careers. This initiative has significantly boosted Google’s employee retention rates and fostered an innovative work environment. General Electric (GE) focuses on leadership development through its "GE Mentoring" program, recognized for grooming executives who lead through transformations, emphasizing strategic thinking, innovation, and operational excellence. Microsoft’s global mentorship program promotes diversity and inclusion by pairing employees from varied backgrounds, fostering an inclusive culture, and enhancing collaboration and innovation.

How to create good Mentors and good Mentees: our Timeo Approach

At Timeo, we are committed to developing great mentors and mentees through our comprehensive blended learning journeys. Our programs are designed to equip mentors with the skills to guide, inspire, and support their mentees effectively, and mentees to make the most of this available support. We emphasize the following elements in our mentorship approach:

  • Ensure the right Change Management approach for the initiative: right sponsorship, organisation (eg pairing) planning, communication plan, to give the project the maximum impact
  • Structured Learning Modules: Covering key aspects of mentorship, including active listening, providing feedback, and setting development goals.
  • Interactive Workshops: Facilitating real-world scenarios where mentors and mentees can practice and refine their skills.
  • Continuous Support: Offering ongoing resources and support to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of mentorship relationships.
  • And more


We are stronger believers than ever in the impact and relevance of adapted mentorship initiatives today. They must be conceived and viewed as strategic initiatives that drive organizational success, rather than "just another professional development tool."

As we don’t anticipate the pace of corporate transformation slowing down, mentorship can play a pivotal role in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

To conclude on a high note let’s share these words from Denzel Washington: "Show me a successful individual, and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living – if you do it well, I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor."

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Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance

Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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